Campaign urges open conversation on domestic abuse

A kick, a punch, a push? Often it’s more complicated.

Campaign urges open conversation on domestic abuse

Image caption (left to right): Cllr Colin Foster (Cabinet Member for Children and Family Services), Detective Chief Inspector Chris Downey (Greater Manchester Police), Eryka Blackburn (Stockport Without Abuse) and Julie Woodhouse (Greater Manchester Police).

Violence, control, intimidation and isolation are all forms of domestic abuse that are much more common than you think.

That’s why Stockport Council and partners have been going around a few locations in the borough with the ‘Sitting Right With You’ campaign to raise awareness of abusive behaviours in a relationship.

The campaign highlights that 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.

Domestic abuse can be between people who are or have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of age, race, religion, sexuality or disability.

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

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.”