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Victim Support


As an independent charity, we work towards a world where people affected by crime or traumatic events get the support they need and the respect they deserve.


What we do

We’re here to help anyone affected by crime, not only those who experience it directly, but also their friends, family and any other people involved. It doesn’t matter when the crime took place – you can get our support at any time, and for however long you need us.

We provide free and confidential support 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year for people affected by crime and traumatic events – regardless of whether you have reported the crime to the police.

Our teams of highly-trained staff and volunteers provide a wide range of specialist services that help people affected by all types of crime from burglary, hate crime, fraud and theft to domestic abuse, child sexual exploitation and terrorism.


What support do we offer?

The support services we offer are tailored to the needs of each person. These include: 

  • Information and advice.
  • Immediate emotional and practical help.
  • Longer term emotional and practical help.
  • Advocacy.
  • Peer support and group work.
  • Restorative justice.
  • Personal safety services.
  • Help in navigating the criminal justice system.


Links to our partner organisations

We work with a number of partner organisations in Manchester to make sure you get the support you need.

Find out more about some of the services and organisations we work with from the below external links:


Turning the Spotlight

Turning the Spotlight (TtS) will be delivered by Victim Support to support families experiencing conflict, violence and abuse. For families or individuals having difficulties in their relationships.

We will focus on working with perpetrators identified in standard and medium risk cases, who have perpetrated standard to moderate levels of violence and abuse.


Who is it for?

  • Couples with or without children, who may or may not be remaining in a relationship where standard or medium risk conflict, violence and abuse has been identified.
  • Also, individuals who have offended or caused harm, or are at risk of offending or causing harm, again identified as standard or medium risk.


What can TtS offer? 

  • Support from one of our caseworkers
  • Risk assessment and safety planning
  • A 12 week healthy relationships programme
  • Advocacy with schools, social services and other agencies
  • Referrals to other agencies, such as drug and alcohol services
  • One-to-one work with individuals to guide them through our programmes, providing them with key messages.
  • Partner Support –VS’ Domestic Abuse Support Worker will work alongside the perpetrator service to provide 1-2-1 support to partners.


What TtS cannot offer?

  • TtS does not provide programmes of intervention for high-risk perpetrators of domestic abuse.


Referral Criteria

We welcome referrals where the following criteria have been met:

  • Conflict, violence and/or abuse has been identified and is thought to be at standard or medium risk

The individual or family are:

  • Living in Rochdale
  • Aged 18 or over
  • Accept that their behaviour has been a problem and are prepared to talk about at least one incident of aggression with a partner/ex-partner
  • Willingness to change and participate in the programme
  • Aware that information sharing (including with partner/partners) is a part of working with TtS, and consent to this
  • English speaking


How to Refer

Contact: Jennie Sayle and Helen McCreave

Tel: 0161 507 9551


Who to contact


0161 507 9609 Rochdale Victim Support
0161 507 9551 Turning the Spotlight
0300 303 0162 Greater Manchester Victim Support




Where to go

Name of venue

Rochdale Police Station

Venue address

The Esplanade


OL16 1AG


Time / Date Details

Session Information

Monday to Friday 9am to 7pm
Saturday 9am to 5pm