Com­mis­sioner dis­cusses do­mes­tic abuse is­sues

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - In Business -

CHESHIRE’S Po­lice And Crime Com­mis­sioner is rais­ing aware­ness of how do­mes­tic abuse can af­fect any­one in our so­ci­ety.

David Keane brought part­ners and dig­ni­taries from across Cheshire to­gether to dis­cuss how any­one can be­come a vic­tim and how or­gan­i­sa­tions can work to tackle it.

Mr Keane said: “I am proud to be an am­bas­sador for the White Rib­bon cam­paign which aims to end male vi­o­lence against women, once and for all.

“But I want to raise aware­ness that any­one can be a vic­tim of do­mes­tic abuse ir­re­spec­tive of their gen­der or per­sonal char­ac­ter­is­tics.

“As a rep­re­sen­ta­tive for vic­tims of crime and vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple across Cheshire, I want to stand to­gether with all the or­gan­i­sa­tions that work hard to sup­port vic­tims of do­mes­tic abuse and man­age the risks caused by per­pe­tra­tors to stamp-out this is­sue in so­ci­ety.”

The Com­mis­sioner has launched an ini­tia­tive to change at­ti­tudes and be­hav­iour as­so­ci­ated with do­mes­tic abuse across Cheshire.

The Open The Door cam­paign aims to bring the is­sue into the open by start­ing a con­ver­sa­tion and re­mov­ing the stigma of it. ●

The cam­paign is a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Cheshire po­lice and the four lo­cal author­i­ties in Cheshire.

“The Open The Door cam­paign is en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to talk about do­mes­tic abuse and ad­vis­ing them where they can seek help if they find them­selves or some­one they know in an abu­sive re­la­tion­ship.

“Fol­low­ing the launch of the ini­tia­tive, we are plan­ning on work­ing with busi­nesses to talk to them about the role they can play in so­ci­ety’s re­sponse to do­mes­tic abuse.

“We want busi­nesses to use the Open The Door cam­paign to sign­post em­ploy­ees to ser­vices if and when they need sup­port,” added Mr Keane. ● To find out more about the Open The Door cam­paign, please visit www. openthe­do­

The part­ners who gave pre­sen­ta­tions at the do­mes­tic abuse event

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