If you believe someone is at immediate risk of harm, call 999
Domestic abuse support
Domestic abuse affects the whole family. Don't suffer in silence, talk to someone that can help. In an emergency, always dial 999.
It doesn’t matter if it happens just once, or every so often, or on a regular basis. And it doesn’t have to actually happen - threatening you, or your children, with anything like this could be considered domestic abuse.
Domestic abuse can start at any time, in new relationships or after many years together. And it can happen to anyone, in all kinds of relationships, no matter what your social group, class, age, race, disability, sexuality or lifestyle is.
Domestic abuse can be:
- hurting you physically
- insulting or constantly criticising you
- controlling what you do and where you go
- isolating you from your friends and family
- assaulting you sexually
- controlling your money
- punishing or humiliating you
- breaking something important to you, or smashing things in your home
- scaring you, for example by driving dangerously
- forcing you to marry someone
- honour-based, punishing you for ‘bringing shame’ on your family or community
Domestic abuse support services
- Refuge - Warrington Independent Domestic Violence Abuse (IDVA) service - Advice, emotional and practical support for women, men and young people: 01925 243359
- Cheshire Police - 101 (non-emergency)
- Warrington Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre - Support, advocacy, counselling and information for those affected by rape, sexual assault or abuse: 01925 221546
- Warrington Women's Aid Refuge - Safe accommodation for women and children, and support and advice to men experiencing domestic abuse: 01925 417138
- Housing Plus - Independent housing advice and services including a sanctuary scheme: 01925 246868
- Cheshire CARES (Cope and Recovery Enhanced Service) - Local support for victims of crime, even if you don’t want to report the crime to the police: 01606 366336
- Respect - Support for men and women facing up to abusive behaviour towards a partner: 0808 802 4040
- DV Assist – Can help you to get Non-Molestation Orders, Prohibited Steps Orders and Occupation Orders: 0800 195 8699
Children are affected by domestic abuse both in the short and long term, whether they are abused themselves or if they’ve seen it happen, or think it’s happening, to someone else in the family.
We’re supporting the Home Office campaign ‘Disrespect NoBody’, which encourages young people to know the signs of an unhealthy relationship and to prevent both boys and girls, aged 12 to 18 years old, from becoming victims of abusive relationships or from harming others.
The Disrespect NoBody campaign helps young people to:
- Understand what a healthy relationship is
- Re-think their views of controlling behaviour, violence, abuse and sexual abuse
- Understand what consent means within their relationships
Some adults may be more at risk and less able to protect themselves from harm or abuse. This might be because they’re older, or have a disability, an addiction or a physical or mental illness.
Warrington Domestic Abuse Partnership (WDAP)
Along with the police and local support groups and charities, we are a member of WDAP. The group works together to try and reduce domestic abuse in Warrington, and make sure people know about how domestic abuse effects people, families and communities. Contact WDAP on 01925 443124.