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Domestic Abuse

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

Refuge states: “Domestic violence describes any violence or abuse that is used by someone to control or obtain power over their partner. It can include physical, sexual, psychological, verbal, emotional and financial abuse. If you alter your behaviour because you are frightened of how your partner will react, you are being abused.”

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.


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 HR Partner in the first instance.  

Support agencies

Refuge - Refuge is here to support you whatever you decide. 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 – They provides 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.

The Employers’ Initiative on Domestic Violence.

Survivor stories

Natasha's story

Hollie's story

Sophie's story

The Mankind Inititative 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