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What is domestic abuse?

One woman in four reports experiencing domestic abuse at some point in their life. The Home Office has concluded that approximately every three days one woman dies as a result of domestic abuse.

Domestic abuse includes all kinds of physical, sexual, emotional and financial abuse between people who are or have been partners, whether or not married and whether or not living together. This includes same-sex relationships and can be inter-generational and take place between family members.

People experience domestic abuse regardless of their social group, class, age, race, disability, sexuality and lifestyle.  It can happen in the home, or in a public place.

Ways we can help

There are many ways we can help, working with other partners such as Greater Manchester Police, Tameside Council and a number of other local landlords.

From 1 October 2014, New Charter Homes will run a new service for domestic abuse victims in Tameside called Bridges. Bridges will offer integrated community services and refuge provision for victims of domestic abuse and substance misuse in Tameside.

We also have our Sanctuary Scheme, which is a project operating in Tameside for people who are experiencing or have experienced domestic abuse and as a result have become or are likely to become homeless.

We help people to stay in their homes with our assistance, by providing extra security which can include locks on windows and doors. gates, CCTV and alarms.

Take a look at our Sanctuary Scheme leaflet below for more information.

Sanctuary Scheme leaflet

If you need to contact someone for advice or help, please telephone 0161 331 2552 to speak to us in confidence. 

Please don't suffer in silence, recognise the situation and get help and support from someone. Here are some other organisations that can help you if you need advice or support. 

National Domestic Violence Helpline

0808 2000 247


The National Domestic Violence Helpline is a free, confidential helpline run by Women’s Aid and Refuge for anyone experiencing domestic abuse, and is available 24/7.


Women’s Aid

0808 2000 247


Women’s Aid provides a range of information and support on domestic abuse, including support for people experiencing domestic abuse and people who are concerned that others may be.



0808 802 4040


Respect is the UK membership organization for work with domestic violence perpetrators, male victims of domestic violence and you people’s violence in close relationships.


0800 1111


For information and advice for children and young people


Make A Stand 

Jigsaw Homes Group is one of the many housing associations that has pledged to tackle domestic abuse by signing up to the Chartered Institute of Housing’s ‘Make a Stand’ campaign, which has been developed in partnership with the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA) and the charity Women’s Aid. To find out more about the campaign visit http://www.cih.org/makeastand.