Help and information in Stockport and nationally

Domestic Violence Protection Orders

Domestic Violence Protection Orders (DVPOs) can be used to provide immediate protection to a victim where there is not enough evidence to charge an alleged perpetrator. These orders provide protection to victims via bail conditions and can last up to 28 days, during which time the perpetrator can be prevented from having contact with the victim.

The protection notices and orders provide the police and courts with new powers, giving an arresting officer the ability to act in order to protect victims who they consider to be at risk of further abuse. This can be acted upon even when the victim may be too intimidated to make a complaint themselves.

The legislation can be used if a domestic incident occurs and violence has been used or threatened by someone who is over the age of 18, and the level of violence causes the police officer to fear for the on-going safety of the victim.

Claire's Law

Clare’s Law is designed to provide victims with information that may protect them from an abusive situation before it ends in tragedy. The scheme allows the police to disclose information about a partner’s previous history of domestic violence or violent acts.

If an application is made under the scheme, Police and partner agencies will carry out checks and if they show that the partner has a record of abusive offences, or there is other information to indicate that there may be a risk from the partner, the Police will consider sharing this information.

To make an application you will need to attend a Police Station in person where a Police Officer or member of Police Staff will take the details of what prompted your enquiry. A safe means of contacting you will be established. You will need to give your name, address and date of birth.

Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC)

The role of the MARAC is to facilitate, monitor and evaluate effective information sharing to enable appropriate actions to be taken to increase public safety

The risk assessment process, MARAC procedures (including referral) and standards for operating MARAC meetings have been developed by Coordinated Action Against Domestic Abuse (CAADA), a national organisation supported by the Home Office.

In a single meeting the MARAC combines up to date risk information with a timely assessment of a victim’s needs and links those directly to the provision of appropriate services for all those involved in a domestic violence case: – victim, children perpetrator and agency workers.

At a MARAC meeting high risk cases are discussed with a very brief and focused information sharing process. This is followed by the creation of an individualised multi-agency action plan which is put into place to support the victim and to make links with other public protection procedures, particularly those that manage perpetrators and safeguard children and vulnerable adults. Issues relating to children such as conflict over child contact, pregnancy and perception of harm to children are key indicators of risk in the CAADA risk assessment process. Thus a substantial number of victims who become MARAC cases have children (although many do not).

The aim of the MARAC is to:

Share information to increase the safety, health and well-being of victims and their children

Determine whether the perpetrator poses a significant risk to any particular individual or the general community

Construct and implement a risk management plan that provides professional support to all those at risk and that reduces the risk of harm

Reduce repeat victimisation

Improve agency accountability

Improve support for staff involved in high risk domestic violence cases

Useful Contacts

The Prevention Alliance

The Prevention Alliance If you live in Stockport and are experiencing domestic abuse or other relationship problems, then the TPA is here to help.   More...

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St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre

St Mary's Sexual Assault Referral Centre 0161 276 6515 If you have been raped or sexually assaulted, help to recover from the physical and mental effect - current and historic   More...

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Bridging To Change

Bridging To Change 0161 872 1100 Changing domestic abuse behaviour   More...

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Respect 0808 802 4040 A confidential and anonymous helpline for anyone concerned about their violence and/or abuse towards a partner or ex-partner   More...

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Mankind 01823 334244 For male victims of domestic abuse   More...

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Independent Choices

Independent Choices 0161 636 7525 For women who are experiencing or have experienced domestic abuse, LGBT specialists and language services   More...

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Stockport Women’s Centre

Stockport Women's Centre Women's Centre provides services to any woman who is in need of support. This includes women who have experienced or are experiencing domestic violence. Due to the nature of the work membership is...

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Stockport Without Abuse

Stockport Without Abuse  The aim of Stockport Without Abuse is to provide accommodation, support and advice for women, men and their children experiencing or fleeing from domestic violence. They have a purpose built Refuge building and a...

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