Across the UK there has been nine reported domestic abuse deaths in the past ten days, and although none of these were in Cheshire, there is real concern that with people stuck indoors under stressful circumstances, domestic abuse might get worse or happen more often.
Domestic abuse comes in many shapes and sizes. It involves any kind of behaviour that hurts people who are in a relationship or part of a family – from put downs and belittling, through to physical and sexual harm. Abuse or the threat of harm is often used to control or force people to do/not do certain things or stay in a relationship that they feel isn’t good for them.
The message the Cheshire East Domestic Abuse Hub for those who are suffering abuse is:
- You’re not alone
- You and your children have a right to live free from fear
- We can help you
And for those who are concerned about the way that they treat their family or partner
- Everyone can take responsibility for their behaviour
- We do not judge – we just want to make everyone safer
- We can support you if you want to change
In an emergency, ring 999 – the police will be prioritising your calls.
In Cheshire East there is a 24/7 helpline for anyone who needs support tel 0300 123 5101 or if it is not possible to call then email firstname.lastname@example.org – but be aware of who may have access to your emails. You can also text 0777 194 1464 Staff working at the hub can arrange to call you back at a time when you can talk without your children or partner overhearing.
You can also visit www.mycwa.org.uk if you’re not ready or not able to contact us.
Self-help and other support
There’s lots of support online for domestic abuse survivors and people who harm. Here are a few resources you might find helpful:
National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247 (24 hours)
The Men’s Advice Line, for male domestic abuse survivors – 0808 801 0327
National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline – 0800 999 5428
Samaritans (24/7 service) – 116 123
Further information can be found on the Stay Safe at Home page, click here.