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Adult Referral Form
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Perpetrator Referral Link
Perpetrator Referral Link
Children & Young People Referral Form
Children & Young People Referral Form

What is Safe in Salford?

Safe in Salford is your one front door for domestic abuse support in Salford.  It is funded by Salford City Council 

There are five elements to the partnership:

  • Crisis Service (Independent Domestic Violence Advocates, or IDVAs) for Victims
  • Advice and Support Service for Victims
  • Specialist Support for GPs (known as IRIS) 
  • Children and Young People’s Support (Harbour)
  • Behaviour Change Programmes for Perpetrators 

High risk crisis support.

  • Support for Salford residents aged 16+, identified as being at high and increased risk of domestic abuse
    Delivered by a specialist team of Independent Domestic Violence Advocates (IDVAs) 
  • IDVAs provide professional support and guidance to victims throughout their journey from crisis to safety
  • IDVAs work closely in partnership with a wide range of other services / organisations, with the safety of the victim, and their children, always at the centre.

Drop-ins and longer-term individual support.

  • Weekly surgeries and drop-in advice sessions – covering health, housing, welfare, debt, and legal issues
  • Group work and one-to-one sessions – providing emotional and practical, longer term support 
  • Individual support – personalised package of support and safety planning focused on helping people stabilise their situation 
  • Peer support – ongoing peer support involving former service users with lived experience will be trained and developed to offer longer term peer support in the community

Support for GP surgeries in Salford to help identify domestic violence and abuse. 


  • Is an evidence-based primary care training, support and referral service 
  • Aims to improve identification of patients experiencing domestic violence and abuse and their referral for specialist support. 
  • Focuses on GP surgeries as they are often seen as a ‘safe space’ by victims 
  • Includes full training for GP surgery staff to help spot signs of domestic violence and abuse 
  • Offers a simple referral pathway so patients can get the help they need quickly.

Support for young people living in situations of domestic abuse


Harbour offers a range of support to young people in Salford aged 5-18 focused on healthy relationships.

  • We support children and young people who have witnessed or are experiencing domestic abuse
  • We support young people who are showing signs of harmful behaviours in their own relationships and offer a safe space to explore this without judgement to help them form positive relationships 

Addressing domestic abuse at the source.

  • A range of behaviour change programmes, delivered in a mixture of group and one-to-one settings
  • Challenging and supporting perpetrators to address their behaviour and make changes
  • Comprehensive and ongoing risk assessment and participation requirements
  • All delivered in separate venues from victim-survivor services
  • All delivered with the safety and victim-survivors and children at the centre.


The Safe in Salford Partnership

Safe in Salford is a partnership of four charities who have over 140 years’ experience of delivering services to people in Salford and the surrounding boroughs. At the heart of our partnership lies a commitment to listening and responding to the experiences of victims and to working collaboratively to create sustainable change with individuals, families and communities.

The partnership aims to transform and improve how domestic abuse services are designed, delivered and evaluated in Salford – to improve outcomes for those impacted and affected.  Our vision is that through awareness raising, education, 1:1, group support, safety planning and practitioner training, the partnership will increase safety and recovery from harm.