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Victims of domestic abuse are being urged to lift the lid on their suffering and change their lives for the better.
Cheshire Constabulary is urging those affected by emotional, psychological and physical abuse to seek support and speak to those who can provide help.
Over the festive and New Year period, officers often see an increase in domestic related abuse. More than 800 crimes were dealt with in December of last year and in January 2016.
Domestic abuse affects people regardless of gender, social group, class, age, race, religion, disability, sexuality or lifestyle and can begin at any time whether in a new relationship or after many years together.
Detective Chief Inspector Gareth Lee, of the Constabulary’s Public Protection Unit, said: “This time of year can be one of the hardest for those suffering from domestic abuse. We know that victims often suffer in silence for the sake of their families so that they don’t ‘ruin Christmas’. But now is the time to be brave, have a fresh start and begin the year by having the courage to put a stop to it.
“We want people to know that 2017 can be the year they no longer have to suffer at the hands of their abuser. We have specialist officers available to listen, provide support and help victims move away from the situation they’re in.”
As part of the campaign, the force has released an impactful video which it hopes will help victims recognise the words and tone of the voices and have the bravery to come forward.