THE number of domestic abuse victims being supported by a Cheshire charity has doubled during the pandemic.

My CWA, formerly known as Cheshire Without Abuse, says it is now supporting 400 adults and children compared to 200 before coronavirus hit the county.

There are also concerns over the severity of domestic abuse cases – with 40 per cent being deemed high-risk, meaning there is serious risk of harm or death.

In the last quarter alone, the charity has seen two suicides and 13 attempts on life, with two of those coming in just the last week.

David Keane, Cheshire's police and crime commissioner, says he will do all he can to support victims following the release of the shocking figures.

"There have been many tragedies throughout this pandemic and one has undoubtedly been the rise in domestic abuse," he said.

"Domestic abuse can effect anyone in our communities, irrespective of their gender, age, sexual orientation or any other personal characteristic.

"Home should be a safe place, especially when it’s where we’re encouraged to stay in order to protect our health and that of our loved ones, family, friends and neighbours. But tragically for many people, home is not a safe place.

"We cannot, and must not, stand for this as a society. Working with partners, I am doing all I can to help ensure people in this situation get the help they need.

"I’d also like to encourage anyone who is suffering in this way to please get in touch with support services – they are there to help."

Last April, Mr Keane launched a campaign with Chief Constable Darren Martland to encourage those suffering from domestic abuse to seek support during the pandemic.

It followed a rise in cases as a result of victims being trapped in their homes with their abusers in the first national lockdown.

The commissioner also secured funding from the Home Office last November for a scheme which tries to change the behaviour of perpetrators to reduce further incidents of abuse.

Anyone who needs support regarding domestic abuse in Northwich and Winsford can call the Cheshire West line on 0300 123 7047 and choose option two.

In Knutsford, Wilmslow and Middlewich, call the Cheshire East line on 0300 123 5101.

Alternatively, call police on 101 or the National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247, or visit

In an emergency, where there is a threat to life or a crime is taking place, call 999.