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Open the Door Campaign

Open the Door

 

 

The domestic abuse campaign Open the Door, aims to bring domestic abuse out from behind closed doors by encouraging people to start a conversation to seek advice and support. The campaign first launched last September across Cheshire, Halton and Warrington. In west Cheshire we have seen self-referrals to our Domestic Abuse Intervention and Prevention Service more than double, comparing figures from January to June this year against the same time last year.   

Latest figures from the police shows the issue is still very prevalent with 383 domestic abuse crimes reported in our borough for the month of September, 1277 reports in total for the first two quarters of this financial year. Domestic abuse has no respect for age, sex or sexuality and can affect anyone regardless of where they work or where they are in life. Your family members, friends, colleagues and/or parents/carers you may come into contact with could easily be amongst those affected.

The Council’s vision is for everyone in west Cheshire to be safe and happy in their home and relationships. No one, whatever their gender, sexuality, age, culture, race or disability should suffer domestic abuse. Domestic abuse is a crime and no one should have to live with it. Individuals, family and friends are being encouraged to seek support if needed.

The Open the Door website has lots of information to signpost people to local help.

There is also advice around the things you can do to help keep healthy and safe. Visit cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/residents/crime-prevention/domestic-abuse/domestic-abuse.aspx