TENANTS and homeless families experiencing domestic abuse are now protected by a new agreement.
West Cheshire housing providers joined the borough’s Domestic Abuse Partnership to mark White Ribbon Day by signing the new agreement.
The agreement commits registered housing providers, the council’s housing solutions and private sector housing teams, the domestic abuse services and Cheshire police to clear standards of practice for ensuring families get the right services at the right time.
The aim is to make sure tenants experiencing domestic abuse are supported to move away from the abuse or to receive help and specialist support.
White Ribbon Day falls on November 25 every year and marks the International Day for the Eradication of Violence against Women.
The signing of the housing protocol is just one of the many events that took place across West Cheshire.
The white ribbon was displayed at all council offices and police stations, there were activities at Children’s Early Support Centres, a display at Ellesmere Port Civic Hall alongside a performance of the Vagina Monologues, a cake raffle at the council’s offices in Civic Way, a huge white ribbon hung outside the newly opened University Church of England Academy in Ellesmere Port, and a service held at Holy Trinity Church in Ellesmere Port.
Councillor Jill Houlbrook, deputy chairman of Cheshire West and Chester Council, said: “Last year we were the first area in the country to receive White Ribbon Partnership status.
“We want to build on this by making changes to the way in which domestic abuse services are delivered through our Altogether Better Community Budgets initiative.
“Domestic abuse is a serious issue that can affect anyone and last year 1,160 domestic abuse incidents were reported to Cheshire police and 358 families experienced high levels of risk”