Published: Monday 21 July 2021

Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Cheshire, John Dwyer heard firsthand the positive impact, My CWA (Cheshire Without Abuse) has had on survivors of domestic abuse.

Tackling domestic abuse against any gender is a subject that the PCC takes very seriously, and on a recent visit to a support service in Crewe, he saw just how valuable the service is to those trying to re-build their lives following incidents of domestic abuse.

During the visit, the Commissioner saw the facilities available to help children have a safe place to play and learn more using a programme nicknamed ‘Monkey Bob’ to understand their feelings and learn that the behaviour they may have witnessed isn’t the ‘norm’.

There are also opportunities for survivors to learn new skills, whether that be in hair and beauty, counselling, peer mentoring and cooking.

John Dwyer, said:

“Having services like this available to survivors can often provide them with the lifeline they need. Having safe spaces for children to play and work through their feelings demonstrates how organisations are working hard to break the cycle to stop children following the learned behaviour they’ve witnessed as they enter into relationships as they grow older.

“The amount of support offered by organisations like My CWA, shows that there are safe places for survivors to come and begin to re-build their lives.”

During the visit, the Commissioner heard from Danielle, who shared her story of an abusive and controlling ex, who would ‘love bomb’ her and ‘sold her the dream’. Now a number of years after the relationship had ended, it’s clear to see that Danielle’s experience still impacts her to this day.

Beverley Wrighton, from My CWA, added:

“If you are concerned about yourself, a friend or family member and would like some advice and support please contact the Cheshire East Domestic Abuse Hub on 0300 123 5101. If you or someone else is at immediate risk of harm, please contact the Police on 999.”

Find out more about My CWA here.