In Rochdale borough, domestic violence and abuse affects thousands of adults and children each year.
Domestic violence, also called domestic abuse, includes physical, emotional and sexual abuse in couple relationships or between family members. Domestic violence can happen against anyone, and anybody can be an abuser.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, domestic abuse charities and other organisations are reporting an increase in cases:
- General online domestic abuse searches have increased by 352.5%
- Support lines and web chat activity has increased by 53.9% and 70.4% respectively.
- There has been a substantial rise in self-referrals to ChildLine
- An increase of up to 50% in Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) domestic abuse referrals
The freephone 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline number is 0808 2000 247 and there is associated online support available at nationaldahelpline.org.uk
On the Rochdale Council website you can find advice, information and services on:
- Victims of domestic abuse
- Children and young people who are living with domestic abuse
- People who are worried someone might be living in an abusive home
- Victims of honour based violence
- Adults and teenagers who commit abuse and need to find help and support