Domestic Abuse privacy notice

About this notice

Our core data protection obligations and commitments are set out in the council's primary privacy notice.

This notice provides additional privacy information for victims and perpetrators of domestic abuse.


We will use your information in order to protect victims of domestic abuse, support people who are abusive to change their behaviour and to safeguard children and vulnerable adults. The information may also support Domestic Homicide Reviews including how information is used to learn lessons about a death in order to prevent further homicides This notice sets out what we will do with your personal information and who we may share it with in respect of the above.

General information

Your information might be used to:

  • provide information, advice or support in relation to domestic and sexual abuse
  • refer you to appropriate services for support
  • safeguard you, your children and other vulnerable adults
  • prevent and detect crimes
  • learn lessons in the event of a domestic homicide

Categories of personal data

For the processing to which this notice relates to be carried out we use the following information:

  • personal information - such as: your name, address, telephone number
  • special category personal information - such as: your ethnicity, information about your physical and mental health
  • Details of any crimes that have been committed
  • Information about your housing situation and details of agencies that you are working with

In relation to Domestic Homicide Reviews the Council will collect information from agencies who have had contact with those people involved in the death. Family, friends and colleagues of the victim and alleged perpetrator will also be invited to share information as part of the review.

Legal basis for processing

Article 6 1(a) Consent

The Council collects, uses and shares certain data about you on the basis that you have given us your consent to do so. You may withdraw your consent and ask us not to process your data for referrals to project and MARAC (Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference) partners.

Under Article 6 1(a) referrals to the Councils and MARAC referrals, minutes and action plans are processed when you will have provided consent to process your personal data for one or more specified purpose.

Article 6 1(c) Information required by law

Under law, we are required to process the identified data in order for the Councils to fulfil their duty under the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004 and the Domestic Abuse Act 2021

Under 6 1(c) MARAC referrals, minutes and actions plans, relevant case notes, self-referrals are processed when it is necessary to do so for compliance with a legal obligation to which we are subject.

Article 6 1(e) Public task

Without processing the relevant personal data, we would not be able to perform tasks carried out in the public interest, or in the exercise of official authority.

Under 6 1(e) MARAC referrals, minutes and actions plans, relevant case notes, self-referrals are processed when it is necessary to do so for compliance with a legal obligation to which we are subject.

Special Category data will be processed under Article 9 2(a) and Article 9 2(g) of the UK General Data Protection Regulation. Article 9 2(a) relates to the data subject giving explicit consent to the processing of special category data for one or more specific purposes. Article 9 2(g) refers to special category data being processed where necessary for reasons of substantial public interest, on the basis of domestic la

Information sharing / recipients

We sometimes need to share your data within the Councils, or with other organisations. We will only share your data when necessary and when the law allows us to. We will always share the minimum data required. For matters relating to this privacy notice, we may need to share your personal data with:

  • MARAC partners - for high risk victims of domestic abuse (with or without consent)
  • Greater Manchester Police for the prevention and detection of crime. We encourage you to always report crimes directly to Greater Manchester Police, but if a crime needs reporting to the police to safeguard you, or other people, Council has to share data.
  • Specialist providers of domestic abuse services to support victims of domestic abuse and their families

In certain cases, we may also share your personal data with other individuals and organisations. For example, if you made a complaint about a Councillor, or if the sharing would assist with a safeguarding issue, or help prevent a crime. Sometimes we may share your data without your knowledge.

The Council will never sell your data to anyone else.

Automated decisions

For this service all the decisions we make about you involve human intervention.

Data retention / criteria

Based on work undertaken by the 'Records Management Society of Great Britain' using an approved Local Government Classification Scheme, we will retain case records for the following length of time:

Retention periods
CategoryRetention period
Adults6 years after last contact
Children25 years from date of birth
Adopted children25 years from closure

Rights of individuals

Information about the following is accessible in our guide to exercising your rights:

  • exercising your rights
  • contacting our Data Protection Officer
  • raising a concern with us, or
  • making a complaint to the Information Commissioner

Contact for Privacy