We will implement the recommendations from our Commission on ‘Violence Against Women and Girls’ so that we can coordinate our efforts with other public services and organisations to determine practical actions we can take to reduce the number of incidents in our Borough.
We will work with neighbouring councils to fund refuges across the Cheshire and Warrington subregion where men, women and children fleeing domestic violence can find safety and sanctuary.
We will work together with businesses, health organisations and education partners to promote our ‘Open the Door’ campaign, which will raise awareness of domestic abuse and advertise where help can be found.
We will tackle domestic abuse at an earlier stage by training frontline council staff to identify signs that someone is experiencing violence or abuse. We will give staff the confidence to signpost people to professional support and will ensure our domestic abuse support service responds quickly to people experiencing domestic abuse, so that we can reduce the devastating and long-lasting impact that violence and fear can have on children and families.
We will deliver programmes that work with perpetrators of domestic abuse to help them understand the impact of their actions on other people in their family so that we can stop abuse escalating.