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The Bridges Partnership - Support for victims of Domestic Abuse in Tameside

The Bridges Partnership is the domestic abuse service within Tameside commissioned by TMBC. Jigsaw has been running a similar service since October 2013, with this new partnership expanding the service delivery.

You can access the Bridges Partnership website here>>

We work collaboratively with partners across Tameside supporting the delivery of Tameside Domestic Abuse Strategy.  

Jigsaw Support and partners TLC: Talk, Listen, Change and Diversity Matters North West, offer a specialist domestic abuse service, which provides an outreach for all and refuge provision for women and their children at risk.  In addition, we offer dispersed properties to occasions when the refuge is not appropriate/accessible.

The Bridges Partnership team has a range of specialist workers; these include:

  • Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVAs)
  • Keyworkers
  • Child Independent Domestic Violence Advocates (CHIDVAs)

IDVAs address the safety of victims at high risk of harm from partners, ex-partners or family members to secure their safety and the safety of their children.  They work with their client from the point of crisis and serve as a victim’s primary point of contact. After assessing the level of risk, they discuss the range of suitable options and develop the appropriate safety plans.

Safety plans are tailored to the client’s needs; they include emergency accommodation, civil/legal protection, signposting to other agencies and court support.

A Keyworker’s role is similar to that of an IDVA; however, they work on cases where clients are considered at standard or medium risk.

Lastly, the role of the CHIDVA in Tameside is to provide support to children (age 6 – 17 years) who have been impacted by their experiences of  domestic abuse, either in the family or home or in their own dating relationships.  We offer 1-2-1 or group support for children and also deliver teenage relationship workshops in high schools across Tameside.

Support work is completed one-to-one, with some planned sessions around domestic abuse. Specialist workers also attend the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) daily, working alongside Greater Manchester Police, Children’s Social Care, health and education.  In addition to providing more collaborative working, we triage daily high risk incidents to ensure any immediate safeguarding is completed.

Bridges also offer a wide range of specialist courses. These have been developed to increase awareness, help people identify abuse, learn about appropriate relationships and improve self-esteem.

Our Women’s Centre offers a safe, women only space where clients can access support, courses, drop ins and activities.  We support women around domestic abuse, substance misuse, offending, health and wellbeing, finances, parenting, confidence/self-esteem and anger management.

Our Refuge is staffed 24/7 and women are allocated to a dedicated keyworker who will support them during their stay.  The children residing in the refuge will also be supported by our specialist children’s team.

Referral forms

The following forms should only be completed by a professional. These are NOT FOR SELF-REFERRAL. Please consult the guidance below, and if you have any questions, contact us at

For professionals

To refer a victim/survivor of domestic abuse to us for support:

Complete the Safelives DASH risk assessment. If any of the criteria for a referral to MARAC are met (set out in the guidelines at the start of the DASH questions), then the remainder of a MARAC referral must be completed and uploaded to SharePoint (you should have a lead/designated officer with access to SharePoint, but if not please email the referral form to . The referral is then be allocated to a Bridges IDVA.

If none of the MARAC criteria is met, but support is required to complete the remainder of the Bridges referral. Section 5 needs to be completed if applying for refuge accommodation at Ruffley House. Please email the completed referral to If you are solely applying for Refuge accommodation, please ring 0161 339 8755 or 0800 328 0967 to see who the referral should be sent to.

Any case without a completed DASH will likely be returned for completion – this can result in a delay in any support being offered to a client/family.

Bridges Referral Form


MARAC Referral Form

For children impacted by domestic abuse, please complete the CHIDVA referral form and email to

If you are a victim/survivor of domestic abuse and would like to access support from us please call us on 0161 331 2552 / 0800 328 0967 or email us at and we will arrange for a member of our team to speak with you.

For those causing harm:

Please visit: and complete the online referral (professional or self-referral accepted).

Useful information

Bridges leaflet

This leaflet provides helpful information for victims of domestic abuse, such as what to do if they are planning on leaving, contact details for various domestic abuse services and more. Copies of this leaflet have been distributed across Tameside, but you can download the online version here. 

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