Cheshire Domestic Abuse Partnership bows out in favour of its successor
25 January 2010
A special meeting has taken place to celebrate the work of Cheshire Domestic Abuse Partnership and to mark the creation of new arrangements for the new Borough Council of Cheshire West and Chester Council and its partners.
The new Partnership will be chaired by Police Area Commander, Chief Superintendent Craig Guildford and include statutory and specialist services which co-ordinate a response to domestic abuse, support for adult and child victims and ensure that abusers are held to account.
The departing Partnership began in 1997 and major highlights from the past include the establishment of a comprehensive training programme, the securing of a major government grant in 2001 to set up an Outreach service, now the Domestic Abuse Family Safety Unit, together with Health, Police and Community Safety improvements and the implementation of shared risk assessment across all sectors.
These achievements build on the pioneering work of the voluntary sector and in particular Women's Aid and local refuges whose existence long predates the Partnership.
Handing over to the Area Commander, Assistant Chief Constable Phil Thompson, said: "I can think of few crimes more serious for our communities than the perpetration of domestic abuse.
"To be hurt in the place and by the person where you most expect love and respect is an offence which is not just an incident requiring effective policing, but a pattern of behaviour that destroys adult and children's lives.
"That's why we need to work together to prevent abuse in the first place, to get help at the first signs and to provide safety for those whose lives are at risk."
Cheshire West and Chester Council's Executive Member for Area and Community Services, Councillor Lynn Riley, said: "We're delighted to accept the baton from the Cheshire Partnership and have real intent to build on this sound foundation to deliver the next stage of the evolution.
"There is a clear commitment from all the partners in Cheshire West to make the next chapter an even greater success.
"We never underestimate the courage it takes to live with or to escape from domestic abuse and want anyone who is experiencing fear or harm in their home to know that help is available.
"Please call the free 24 Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247 or in an emergency call the police on 999. Together we can help to support you."
Photo caption: Cutting a cake to celebrate the old and new Partnership is Sue Bridge, founder of Cheshire Domestic Abuse Partnership and Assistant Chief Constable Phil Thompson watched by Refuge Worker Kerry Proudlove, Marc Greenwood Cheshire East Children's Services, Lucia Scally Cheshire East Adult Services, Sheila Brooks from Cheshire West and Chester Council and the Domestic Abuse Family Safety Unit, Judith Gibson, Cheshire Domestic Abuse Partnership Co-ordinator, Anne Eccles, West Cheshire Primary Care Trust and Cheshire West and Chester Councillors Lynn Riley, Executive Member for Area and Community Services and Jill Houlbrook, Chairman of the Policy Development Board.