Today (Monday 21 September), marks Peace One Day and was marked historically in 2009 when a ceasefire occurred during the war in Afghanistan.
Peace One Day isn’t solely about ceasefires; it’s also a day against violence. Here in Cheshire, the Constabulary are urging people suffering from domestic abuse to speak out.
Detective Superintendent Nigel Wenham, from the Constabulary’s Public Protection Directorate said, “Domestic violence and abuse is a serious crime which has a massive impact on the lives of victims and their families. We work hard to ensure that any cases reported to us are investigated and dealt with appropriately.
“Any form of violence or abuse is unacceptable. However when it is experienced at the hands of a loved one, the hurt caused goes much deeper than the physical effects.
“No-one should live in fear in their own home and we will use all the powers at our disposal to combat this awful crime.”
Police & Crime Commissioner for Cheshire John Dwyer said, “Raising awareness of domestic abuse and the signs to look out for is vital if we want to tackle this type of crime. The police have a variety of ways in which they can deal with perpetrators of domestic violence, and I would encourage those who are suffering to break the cycle and speak out.”
Both Cheshire Police and the Commissioner will be supporting the Peace One Day initiative by sending out messages via social media raising awareness of domestic abuse, and encouraging people to do their part to stop this terrible crime.
More information about recognising the signs of domestic abuse and what help is available is on the Cheshire Police website (http://www.cheshire.police.uk/advice-and-support/domestic-abuse/)
If you or someone you know is at immediate risk of harm from domestic violence always call 999.