Domestic violence is any threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between adults who are or have been in a relationship, or between family members. It can affect anybody, regardless of their gender or sexuality.
The violence can be psychological, physical, sexual or emotional. Whatever form it takes, domestic violence is rarely a one-off incident. Usually it's a pattern of abusive and controlling behaviour through which an abuser seeks power over their family member or partner.
Domestic violence occurs across all of society regardless of age, gender, race, sexuality, wealth or geography. Usually it takes the form of violence against women by men, but children are also affected - they can be traumatised by what they've seen, and there is a strong connection between domestic violence and child abuse.
Domestic violence and arson
Arson attacks on domestic properties are a common problem. Domestic arson is often linked to domestic violence.
Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service fits fire proof letter box covers, smoke alarms, wheelie bin locks and offers fire safety advice to adults and young people.
Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service sits on the board of the MARAC (Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference), which gives the opportunity to liaise with other parties such as Cheshire Police and Social Services to identify risks and offer safety measures to the victims of domestic violence. Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service liaises with Domestic Violence Units and other agencies to provide support to CAVAs (Children and Vulnerable Adults) and meet their safety needs.
Open the Door
What happens behind closed doors doesn't have to stay there. If you or someone you know is in a relationship that doesn't feel quite right, Open The Door for help.
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National Domestic Violence Helpline
Free phone 24 Hour National Domestic Violence Helpline - 0808 2000 247