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Domestic Violence

If a partner, ex-partner or family member is abusing you, you can get free and confidential help from a number of organisations in Wigan.

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What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence is the physical, emotional, financial, sexual or mental abuse of one person by another with whom they are or have been intimate partners or between family members.

Such abuse occurs in all sections of the community, across all age groups regardless of gender or sexuality. Usually, but not exclusively, women are more frequently the victims of abuse and men are the perpetrators.

What can it include?

  • Physical abuse may include slapping, punching, spitting, pinching, grabbing by the throat.
  • Emotional or mental abuse can be very destructive and may involve: constant criticism; threats to you or children and family; not allowing you to sleep or have your freedom; withholding food or money.
  • Sexual abuse may include being forced to have sex without consent or to do things that make you feel uncomfortable.
  • Harassment may include phone calls, following you, turning up at work or where you are socialising, sitting outside your home.

Our Vision

Wigan’s Domestic Violence Partnership believes that domestic violence and all forms of abuse are totally unacceptable. We will work together to challenge these criminal behaviours and bring perpetrators to justice.

We are committed preventing domestic abuse and improving support and protection for victims.

Our Mission

  • To raise public awareness of domestic violence with regard to its nature, impact and prevalence.
  • To encourage all agencies to take a pro-active approach to addressing domestic violence by the ongoing development of preventative initiatives which will reduce domestic violence and, in particular repeat victimisations.
  • To develop a co-ordinated approach to accessible service provision to meet the needs of all the diverse sections of the community.
  • To work with all relevant statutory and voluntary sector agencies to ensure that workers are appropriately trained and aware of the complex issues involved in domestic violence.

You Can Help

If you are concerned about someone who may be a suffering from Domestic Violence take a look at our Friends and Family booklet and see how you can help. Friend Family booklet (.pdf, 300kb)

Local Services

Women’s Aid

Services provided: 

  • Safe accommodation (in Wigan) with 24-hour staff support
  • 24-hour Helpline
  • Parenting support
  • Access to specialist services for ethnic minority groups

Agency address: Hawthorn House, P. O. Box 367, Wigan WN1 2WX

Contact number: 01942 496094

Fax: 01942 709516

Email: [email protected]

Helpline: 24-hour helpline and on-call service

Opening times: 24 access via telephone

WAVE

Services provided:

  • Safe accommodation (in Leigh) with 24-hour on-call support
  • 24-hour Helpline, (at project)
  • Counselling
  • Drop-in service
  • Access to interpreters (Language Line)

Agency address: P. O. Box 1, Leigh WN7 1LS

Contact number: 01942 262270

Fax: 01942 262270

Email: [email protected]

Helpline: 24-hour helpline and on-call service

Opening times: 24-hour access via telephone; counselling and other services by appointment.

Victim and Witness Support

Services provided include:

  • Home Visits
  • Practical Support
  • Specialist support in court and throughout legal proceedings (Witness service)
  • Support to make claims for Criminal Injuries Compensation
  • Counselling

Agency address: Gerrard Winstanley House, Crawford Street, Wigan WN1 1NG

Contact number: 01942 322033

Email: [email protected]

Contact times: Monday-Friday, 9a.m.-5p.m. Answer-machine service at all other times.

Opening times: Monday-Friday, 9a.m.-5p.m. Tuesday 9.am –7.pm

DIAS

Services provided include:

  • Professional counselling.
  • Drop In Service provides information, advice and support.
  • Parenting support; self-help & group support.

DIAS Wigan

Agency address: Suite 38, Rodney House, King Street, Wigan WN1 1BT

Contact number: 01942 495230

Fax: 01942 491477

Email: [email protected]

Contact times: Monday-Friday 9a.m.-4p.m. Answer machine at all other times.

Opening times: Drop-in service between Monday-Thursday, 10a.m.-1p.m.

DIAS Hag Fold

Agency address: 69 Warwick Road. Hag Fold. Atherton. Wigan M46 9PQ

Contact number: 01942 892483

Fax: 01942 892483

Email: [email protected]

Contact times: Monday-Friday 9a.m.-4p.m., there is an answering machine at all other times.

Opening times: Drop-in service between Monday-Thursday, 10a.m.-2 p.m.

DIAS Tyldesley

Agency address: 136A Elliot Street. Tyldesley. Wigan. M29 8FJ

Contact number: 01942 895212

Fax: 01942 895212

Email: [email protected]

Contact times: Monday-Friday 9a.m.-3.30p.m.Answering machine at all other times.

Opening times: Drop-in service Monday-Thursday, 10.30 a.m.-12.30 p.m.

Police non-emergency

0161 872 5050

National Services

Childline: 0800 1111

National Domestic Violence Helpline Number (Freephone): 0808 2000 247

Emergency numbers

Ambulance, Fire Service or Police: 999

Accident and Emergency (Wigan): 01942 822440 or 822441

Links to Agencies

English National Domestic Violence helpline

0808 2000 247

Women's advice

http://www.womensaid.org.uk/

0808 2000 247

Men's advice

http://www.mensadviceline.org.uk/

Helpline 0808 801 0327/ 08450 646800

LGBT advice Broken Rainbow

08452 60 44 60

http://www.broken-rainbow.org.uk

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