Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse can encompass a wide range of behaviours and may be a single incident or a pattern of incidents.

That abuse can be, but is not limited to, psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional. Children can be victims of domestic abuse. Living in an abusive environment is categorised as abuse itself. They may see, hear, or experience the effects of abuse at home and/or suffer domestic abuse in their own intimate relationships. All of which can have a detrimental and long-term impact on their health, wellbeing, development, and ability to learn.

Domestic abuse can affect anyone, young or old, whatever your background. It can happen at any point in a relationship and in any type of relationship.

Anyone forced to change their behaviour because they are frightened of their partner or ex-partner’s reaction is experiencing abuse.

Domestic abuse is never the fault of the person who is experiencing it.

Where can I get immediate help?

In an emergency – if you are in immediate danger, or you suspect someone is in immediate danger please call 999 and ask for the police.

Silent calls will work if you are not safe to speak – to use the Silent Solution system call 999 from a mobile and then press 55 when prompted and your call will be transferred to the police.

Who do we work with?

We work closely with Fortalice who support members of our community who have experienced or are currently experiencing domestic abuse.

Fortalice – a Bolton based charity providing frontline services for people who are, or have been, affected by domestic abuse and violence.

Fortalice – Domestic Abuse Charity North West – 01204 365677



National Support

Refuge – National Domestic Abuse helpline is available on 0808 2000 247 (Free 24-hour national helpline) 


Respect – Men’s Advice Line is available on 0808 801 0327 (Confidential helpline for male victims of domestic abuse)


Galop – National LGBT+ domestic abuse helpline is available on 0800 999 5428 (Emotional and practical support for LGBT+ people)


Karma Nirvana – (Honour Based Violence) UK helpline is available on 0800 599 247



Women’s Aid – (Monday to Friday 8am -6pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am-6pm)

Operation Encompass

We work in partnership with Greater Manchester Police (GMP) in an initiative called Operation Encompass.

This is explained by the GMP:

“Operation Encompass aims to reduce the long-term impacts of domestic abuse by providing early intervention and support.

When the police attend incidents of domestic violence or abuse where children are directly or indirectly involved, they notify the designated safeguarding lead at the child’s school before the start of the next school day. The safeguarding lead then makes sure the child gets the immediate support that they need.

Training is also offered to school staff – teaching them to identify and support children affected by domestic abuse.”

This is a valuable initiative that means we can continue to support and help children and families within our school community when they need it the most.

You can find our more by visiting the GMP website,