Domestic abuse and safe accommodation support


Domestic Abuse and Safe Accommodation (DASA)

At Manchester Deaf Centre we provide advice, advocacy and support to D/deaf individuals in Greater Manchester who are experiencing domestic abuse, including help to access safe accommodation.

Y​ou have 2 pathways to help:

  1. If you are in crisis or immediate danger install and use the police BSL 999 App (Android and iOS) through link 1 below.
  2. For ongoing support MDC's advocacy team can help you access a range of services including domestic abuse services, safe accommodation and homelessness services. Please note we are unable offer a 24/7 service

I​n crisis or immediate danger:

Link 1- Police BSL 999 app download:


F​or ongoing support:

How to book an appointment with MDC

Appointments can be face-to-face or by video call

If you are a D/deaf person who needs help:

Text or send a BSL video message to: 07425 549508

I​f you can write in English please download this self-referal form, complete it and email it to us through link 2:


Link 2 - E​mail the form to:

If you are a professional who would like to refer a D/deaf person for support:

Please complete our ‘DASA Referral Form for Professionals’ and email it to us at:




Other organisations who can help you:

Sign Health

Is a national Deaf health charity which provides:

  • a UK-wide specialist advice and support service for Deaf adults, young people, children and families who are experiencing domestic abuse;
  • BSL videos for people who want to know more about domestic abuse;

For more information, Sign Health’s contact details, and a QR code which links to the BSL videos, please open the sign health poster below.


Insert Sign Health poster

Link 3 - Visit the Sign Health website:

Manchester Women's Aid

Is a Manchester-based charity which provides a range of services for people experiencing domestic abuse, including:

  • safe and confidential temporary accommodation
  • individual advice and support
  • support groups

They have staff with basic BSL signs and deaf awareness training. They will book an interpreter to facilitate communication if needed.

For more information, please visit their website by clicking below

Link 4 - Visit the Women's Aid/Pankhurst Trust website:
More about the MDC domestic abuse and safe accommodation service:
In 2022/2023, we received funding from Manchester City Council for a 6-month project. We developed links with domestic abuse, homelessness and safe accommodation providers and worked with them to improve D/deaf access to their services, for example by providing deaf awareness training. MDC’s advocacy team will now continue to work together with other organisations to ensure you get the support that you need.


Thank you to our partners

Our Opening Times

If you would like to know more about
any of our services, please get in touch.

Manchester Deaf Centre,
Crawford House,
Booth Street East,
M13 9GH

09:00 – 17:00


0161 273 3415

Registered Charity Number: 1110373