If you have been the victim of domestic abuse, or are concerned for someone who is, you can also report this at your local police station.
Advice is also available by calling the national 24-hour domestic abuse helpline on 0808 2000 247.
Cheshire Police will investigate all reports of domestic abuse and, in line with Government guidelines, will take positive action to bring offenders to justice and hold them accountable for their actions.
The force has a Public Protection Directorate and part of its role is dedicated to investigating cases of domestic abuse.
Victims of domestic abuse are also offered advice and support through a number of different channels - including Cheshire Police's specially trained domestic abuse officers and dedicated support services via our partner agencies within the local community.
We want people to have the confidence and know-how to speak out against the abuse. Please do not suffer in silence.
If you are concerned that someone close to you is suffering from domestic abuse it might be difficult to know what to do for the best.
There are things you can do to help them:
- Make sure that they are safe
- Be understanding and supportive
- Allow them time to talk. Do not push them into giving too much detail if they do not feel comfortable doing that
- Do not criticise the abuser as it could put the person off telling you any more
- Ask if they have been physically abused. Offer to go with them to the hospital if they need medical attention.
- If they want to report an incident to the police, then help them to do this.
- Look at all the options that are available together
- Go with them to visit a solicitor if they are ready to take this step
- Help them work out safe plans for leaving the relationship. Let them decide what is safe and what is not. Do not encourage them to follow any plans they are not sure about.
Do not put yourself in a dangerous position.