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Victim Support

Victim Support is here to help anyone affected by crime.

Because we’re an independent charity, you can talk to us whether or not you've reported the crime to the police. If you want, we can support you without the involvement of the criminal justice system, and we won’t contact them about you unless we feel someone is at risk. We are here just to support you.

Last year we offered support to 814,000 people. With over 40 years’ experience as the leading independent victims’ charity, we know the impact that crime has on people’s lives and what it takes to help them get their lives back on track.  We work locally to support people affected by crime, and campaign nationally to put their needs first, ensuring that they get the support they need and the respect they deserve. Together, we help people feel safer and find the strength to move forward after crime.
Anyone affected by crime in England or Wales can contact us for free, confidential support.

If you've been affected by crime, there are a number of ways you can contact us to get support or information.

Police public investigation unit

Location: Ashton-Under-Lyne 

Reporting incidents assists police in tackling domestic abuse.  The information you provide is invaluable and enables us to identify areas of concern and patterns of behaviour that could lead to the prosecution of offenders and to ensuring the safety of the victim.  if you find yourself in a situation where you are in immediate danger phone 999.  Alternatively you can call you local specialist domestic abuse investigators.

Tameside public investigation unit 0161 856 9363

Monday to Saturday 8am-4pm

  • Address: Public Protection Investigation Unit, Police Station, Manchester Road, Ashton-Under-Lyne, OL7 OBQ
  • For more information:
  • Telephone: 0161 856 9363
  • Visit:


Housing association New Charter Homes, part of Jigsaw Homes Group, has been successful in retaining its contract to run the Bridges domestic violence service on behalf of Tameside Council.

The service, which has already helped more than 3,100 people and their families in Tameside, Greater Manchester, will continue for another five years.  This new contract also includes funding for two children’s independent domestic violence advisors to work with child victims – a topic which is currently being reviewed nationally as part of a Government White Paper.  The social housing provider has been running the Bridges service since 2013 under the council’s commission, bringing agencies together, including its own homelessness charity Threshold, to tackle early intervention with more prevention measures and support around victims’ safety. Support ranges from accommodation, one –to-ones, legal aid, access to the Freedom Programme, Tameside Women’s Refuge and mental health, drug and alcohol services. Where suitable, people will also be referred to Motiv8, an award-winning Greater Manchester-wide programme to support over 25s to get their lives back on track and access training and employment opportunities. Kerrie Pryde, Operational Director for Jigsaw Support said: “Our Bridges service takes a multi-agency approach and over the past five years, we’ve really seen how this has helped to change the lives of so many families and are delighted to be continuing this work.”

Tameside Council Executive Member responsible for Community Safety Cllr Allison Gwynne added: “Tackling domestic abuse is a priority for us and, as part of this work, we look forward to working with Bridges and other partners to ensure we get the right support and help to everyone who experiences domestic abuse.”

The new contract will start in April. Tameside residents who would like advice on domestic abuse can contact Bridges on 0800 328 0967


Karma Nirvana

Supporting victims of honour-based abuse and forced marriage

We are a diverse group of like-minded individuals with a shared passion for helping people and realising change.  Our team are well training and experienced to support victims and survivors of honour-based abuse, disownment and forced marriage. We also benefit from a network of volunteers from around the country and generous supporters from around the world.  So, whilst we’re based in West Yorkshire, we are a national charity.

British charity supporting men and women

  • Are you being pressured to get married against your will?
  • Do you fear to bring shame or dishonour on your family?
  • Have you been emotionally or physically abused?
  • Are you confused about what they say scripture demands of you?
  • Do you worry about being disowned?

If you are concerned about any of the above, please call us in confidence.

Culture, Religion and Tradition are not an excuse; forced marriage is illegal in the UK.Tradition are not an excuse; forced marriage is illegal in the UK.

St Mary's Sexual Assault Clinic

Location: Manchester 

Forensic, medical and aftercare services (including one-to-one counselling) for survivors of rape and sexual assault in Greater Manchester.

Open: Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm (for counselling)

24 Hour Helpline

Referral Details: Self referral (by telephone only) or Appointment

Age Range: Any age


End The Fear / Sitting Right With You

What is domestic abuse?

A kick, a punch, a push? Often it’s more complicated. Violence, control, intimidation and isolation are all forms of abuse that are much more common than you think.

Sometimes these behaviours might start off small, but they can quickly escalate into abuse. The truth is, right here in Greater Manchester as many as one in three women and one in six men have experienced some form of domestic abuse. Does that sit right with you?

It’s time to end the stigma that surrounds domestic abuse – it’s time to start the conversation.

Greater Manchester End The Fear

Anybody who is experiencing domestic or sexual violence can find help, support and advice here. We also provide support to people who know someone who may be being abused. We want to encourage victims of domestic and sexual violence in Greater Manchester to find the courage to come forward and seek support and help. You don’t have to put up with domestic abuse. Find out about your local services by ringing the help lines on this page or click here to find out more.

Let’s start talking about it…
#SittingRightWithYou #EndTheFear

Please click here for support and advice.


Location: National 

Threshold works in a holistic way to support vulnerable and socially excluded people to achieve their individual goals at their own pace in their own communities. Threshold has a strong track record of delivering services to both offender groups and vulnerable people. The Re unite programme fits well with the services already offered by Threshold, including well-established women's services, supported housing schemes, floating support and other services across Greater Manchester.

  • Address: 119-125 Old Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, OL6 7RL
  • For more information:
  • Contact: Jason McKenna
  • Telephone: 0161 652 9584
  • Visit:
  • Email:

Tameside Women and their Families Centre

We are a centre for all women aged 18yrs+ and their families who live in the Tameside area. We offer 1-2-1 and group support for women who want to make changes to their life but don't know where to start.

  • Creche for children 5yrs and under
  • Lunch and refreshments provided
  • Weekly gym sessions
  • Housing drop in
  • CAB drop in
  • Legal advice
  • Debt advice
  • Alcohol and drug Services
  • Domestic Violence advice

We deliver a range of groups supporting women with issues such as mental health, drugs and alcohol, employment and training, parenting, self esteem and confidence.

We also run English and Maths classes and there are many volunteering opportunities available

On Monday afternoon's we run a group from Greenside Children's Centre, Droylsden
On Wednesday's we run a group from Ridgehill Children's Centre, Stalybridge
On Thursday's we run a group from Hattersley Children's Centre, Hattersley

Office Opening Times: Monday 9:00am - 5:00pm, Tuesday 9:00am - 5.00pm, Wednesday - Closed, Thursday - Closed, Friday 9:00am - 4.00pm, Saturday -Closed, Sunday - Closed.

Referral Method: Self Refer, Telephone or drop in. 

  • Address: 41-46 Cavendish Mill, Bank Street, Ashton -Under -Lyne, OL6 7DN
  • For more information:  
  • Telephone: 0161 331 2211
  • Email: 

Police Child Protection

Location: Ashton-under-Lyne 

Child protection investigation unit for young people and families who suffer abuse.

Open: Monday to Friday 7:00am-8:00pm

Referral Details: Self Referral, Drop-In, Telephone or By E-Mail

Facilities: CCTV, Disabled Access and Accessible Parking

Cost: None

Age ranges: Any age

  • Address:
  • Public Protection Investigation Unit
  • Police Station
  • Manchester Road
  • Ashton-under-Lyne
  • OL7 0BQ

Freedom from Torture

Location: Manchester 

A specialist counselling service for survivors of torture and organised violence.  We offer training, supervision and support to practitioners and services working with survivors of torture.  We operate a medical legal report writing service documenting evidence of torture for individual asylum applications.

Open:  Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and 10.00am- 5.00pm

Referral Details:  In writing using referral form/ Appointment only/self referral

Access/Facilities:  Disabled Access (open all year round)

Cost:  None

Age Range:  18 +

  • Address:
  • 1st Floor North Square
  • 11-13 Spear Street
  • Manchester
  • M1 1JU 

The Hide Out

Women's Aid have created this space to help children and young people to understand domestic abuse, and how to take positive action if it's happening to you. The charity Women’s Aid created this website. Women’s Aid has been working with women and children experiencing domestic violence over forty years. Children and young people have told us again and again that they want more information about domestic violence that’s easy to read and understand. So, we created this site especially for YOU! Find out more about Women’s Aid.

Trafford Rape Crisis

Free Counselling Service

Trafford Rape Crisis are pleased to announce that their FREE counselling service for women who have experienced any form of sexual violence recently or historically, is now open for referrals. Fully trained trauma informed counsellors will offer 26 weeks of one to one therapy to survivors, in order to help them to rebuild their lives. The service is based in Trafford but women can live in any area; as long as they can travel to Trafford.

Women can self-refer through the services page on their website at


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