Saskia Ritchie, chief executive of Cheshire Without Abuse

Opening the door on unhealthy relationships

Domestic abuse can happen to anyone – no matter who you are, your gender, background, what you do or where you live. It can cause serious harm to victims and their families, especially children who witness it.

In Cheshire East, we work hard to help ensure that no-one has to live in fear, providing money for services that enable survivors and those close to them to be safe and recover. We also work with those who harm, to try and help them change their behaviour.

Cheshire East Domestic Abuse Hub (CEDAH) is a 24/7 single point of access to domestic abuse services, giving information and advice and directing people to one-to-one support, recovery groups for adults and children and emergency accommodation.The support is provided by our high-risk team, Barnardo’s and Cheshire Without Abuse, working in partnership with other services, including police and health.

Cheshire East Domestic Abuse Hub logoSaskia Ritchie, chief executive of Cheshire Without Abuse, said: “If you, or someone you know, is experiencing a relationship – either with a partner or family member – where the other person’s behaviour is controlling, manipulative, abusive or violent, this is an unhealthy relationship and is defined as domestic abuse.”

Tackling domestic abuse remains one of our top priorities and everyone can play a vital role in opening the door on unhealthy relationships. We want to equip our communities with the skills and knowledge they need so they can spot signs of abuse earlier and feel able to start a conversation about it.

Saskia said: “We know that people are more likely to tell a friend or family member if they are worried about their relationship and we want to make sure that everyone has access to the right information and advice if this happens to them. One of our clients was given a helpline card by her mother-in-law and this helped her reach out for help for the first time.”

If you are affected by domestic abuse or concerned for someone else, call CEDAH on 0300 123 5101 at any time or visit Live Well Cheshire East for information and advice. In an emergency, always call 999.