Domestic abuse covers a whole range of incidents. Violence, control, intimidation and isolation are all forms of abuse that are much more common than you think.
It can be between people who are or have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of age, race, religion, sexuality or disability.
One in three women and one in six men experience some form of domestic abuse and unfortunately there is an increase in reported incidents over the summer months.
It’s time to start talking about it. Stockport Council, together with partners, will be going to a few locations in the borough between 20-22 June to speak to local residents and let them know about local support services.
The events will take place on:
- Merseyway Shopping Centre, Wednesday 20th June between 8am and 5pm
- First House, Brinnington, SK5 8EN, Thursday 21st June between 11am – 4pm
- Heaton Moor Medical Centre, 32 Heaton Moor Rd, SK4 4NX, Friday 22nd June between 11am – 4pm
Councillor Colin Foster, Stockport Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Family Services, said: “Anyone across Stockport could be affected by domestic abuse, so it’s very important for those affected to come forward and seek the help that is available. If you suspect that someone is living with domestic abuse, I urge you not to stand by but report what you know to the local agencies.”
Detective Chief Inspector Chris Downey, from Greater Manchester Police, said: “Domestic abuse in all its forms is a crime. It is important that we are able to support victims, their friends and their families by showing them how to spot the signs and put an end to the cycle of abuse.
“Over the years police and partners have worked closer in order to improve the response for victims. We recognise that not everyone wants to speak to police and we would encourage those sufferers to reach out to those support services that are available and get the help they need.
“Our priority is and always will be victim care which is why we would say if something doesn’t sit right with you, speak out and report it.”
You can find out what support is available for you or for someone you know who may need help by visiting www.sittingrightwithyou.co.uk
If you have been a victim of crime and would like some support visit www.gmvictims.org.uk
Or to find out more about the range of support available for families in Stockport visit www.stockport.gov.uk/stockportlocal