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Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse can happen to anyone no matter your age, race, class, culture, disability, gender, sexuality or lifestyle.

Women’s Aid defines domestic abuse as an incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening, degrading and violent behaviour, including sexual violence, by a partner or ex-partner. These incidents can include coercive control; psychological and/or emotional abuse; physical abuse; sexual abuse; financial abuse; harassment; stalking; and/or online or digital abuse.

Many people experience domestic violence and other forms of abuse without ever being physically abused. It is important to know that non-physical forms of abuse can be as destructive and as undermining as physical violence. Whilst the vast majority of those who experience domestic violence – and all forms of gender-based violence – are women, it can affect anyone.

If you are experiencing domestic abuse or are concerned about a colleague please remember that our University has guidance for our staff and their managers. We also have colleagues in Human Resources who are trained in issues relating to domestic abuse. 

Telephone lines

The National Domestic Abuse Helpline is available 24-hours a day, for free and in confidence on 0808 2000 247 or visit (access live chat Mon-Fri 3-10pm).

Male Victims of Domestic Abuse – Please call 01823 334244 to speak to Mankind confidentially.

Women's Aid has a directory of local support.


If the situation is critical, call 999 and ask for the police.

If you are in danger and unable to talk on the phone you can then press 55. This will transfer the call to the relevant police force who will assist you without you having to speak.

Other support

Line managers and colleagues

If serious abuse is reported to you or to a colleague, advise your employee to contact the police on 101. 

Line managers should maintain regular contact with their team members as part of good management practice.  If you lose touch with employees, please take action to re-establish contact. 

If you are concerned about someone that works for you and want more advice on what to do, please contact your People and OD Partner in the first instance.  

Support agencies

Refuge can support you whatever your decision. They run a range of services which will support you no matter what your experience of violence (domestic violence, sexual violence, forced marriage, ‘honour’-based violence, human trafficking and modern slavery) including refuges, community-based projects, culturally-specific services, and support for women going through the criminal justice system.

The Bright Sky mobile app, free to download from the App Store or Google Play, provides support and information to anyone who may be experiencing domestic abuse or is concerned about someone they know. If you don't feel comfortable downloading the app, visit the Bright Sky website for more information. 

The National Domestic Abuse Helpline is available 24-hours a day, for free and in confidence on 0808 2000 247 or visit (access live chat Mon-Fri 3-10pm)

Manchester Women’s Aid provide services so that domestic abuse survivors can live a life free from the fear of domestic violence and abuse. They provide safe and confidential temporary accommodation, play services, advice and support, dedicated case workers and support groups.

Survivor stories

Natasha's story

Hollie's story

Sophie's story

The Mankind Initiative has a number of case studies, experiences and stories of male victims

Specific support for men

The Mankind Initiative is the principal, expert and specialist charity in the UK focussing on male victims of domestic abuse. The charity collaborates and works in close partnership with other organisations and practitioners to support these victims too.

Male Victims of Domestic Abuse – Please call 01823 334244 to speak to us confidentially

Our confidential helpline is available for male victims of domestic abuse and domestic violence across the UK as well as their friends, family, neighbours, work colleagues and employers.

We provide an information, support and signposting service to men suffering from domestic abuse from their current or former wife, partner (including same-sex partner) or husband.

This can range from physical violence or object throwing to abuse such as constant bullying or insults.

The helpline is a listening service which provides emotional support, practical information and signposting.

We receive calls from male victims of domestic abuse across all age ranges and professions, from dustmen and doctors, to, bankers and builders.

Other information

Financial abuse

If your partner, family member, carer or anybody else is controlling your financial affairs, then this is financial abuse. Financial abuse is a form of domestic abuse and is a way of having power over you. It involves someone else controlling your spending or access to cash, assets and finances. This can leave you feeling isolated, lacking in confidence and trapped.

Moneyhelper Guide

LGBTQ+ domestic violence advice

If you're LGBTQ+ and experiencing domestic abuse, or think you know someone who is, LGBT Hero has information to help keep you safe and find support.

For the National LGBTQ+ Domestic Abuse Helpline, call 0800 999 5428.