Published: Monday, 15th Nov 2021

Bolton residents are urged to speak out about domestic violence and abuse, as part of a campaign to raise awareness of the crime and highlight the support available.

The Eyes Wide Open campaign, organised by Bolton Safeguarding Adults Board and wider safeguarding partners, launches today (Monday, 15th November).

Bolton Town Hall will be lit up in orange from Monday to mark the week of action.

Eyes Wide Open aims to encourage victims, friends, and family to recognise the signs of domestic abuse and violence and report it.

Signs to look out for include:

  • Personality changes, particularly becoming withdrawn
  • Losing contact with family and friends and not attending social functions
  • The person is rarely alone and they are constantly checked up on through calls and messages
  • Unexplained injuries, the person may start wearing cover up make up or loose-fitting unseasonal clothes for example a roll neck jumper in warm weather
  • Their social media accounts are monitored or they disappear from social media completely
  • They answer calls on speaker phone or their partner answers the call
  • Their partner or family member speaks on their behalf and prevents access to the person.
  • The person is asking friends for money or food and basic essentials

Domestic abuse is any form of abuse committed by partners, former partners, or family members and can affect victims of all ages and backgrounds.

Many victims are reluctant to come forward, but domestic abuse is never acceptable.

The best way to protect yourself or a loved one is to seek support and advice from a trusted local service: 

  • Bolton Safeguarding Adults Team 01204 337000
  • Your GP or other NHS health providers
  • Bolton at Home 01204 329636
  • Fortalice 01204 365677
  • Endeavour 01204 394842
  • Domestic Abuse helpline 0808 2000 247
  • Age UK Advice Line 0800 678 1174
  • The Police - You can call the local police on the 101 non-emergency number or call 999 immediately in an emergency

Trained staff will listen to the information you give them and will work with you on a plan to keep safe.

Cllr Susan Baines, Executive Cabinet Member for Wellbeing and Bolton Council’s Domestic Violence Champion, said:

“Anyone can be a victim of domestic violence or abuse, and we all have a responsibility to keep our Eyes Wide Open for the signs.

“Abuse in any form is never acceptable and the best way to protect yourself is to come forward and get the help you need to make it stop.

“You will be supported every step of the way because everyone deserves to feel safe in their own home.”

Bolton Council’s Executive Cabinet Member for Adult Services, Cllr Andy Morgan, said:

“It is important to have an open and honest conversation about domestic violence and abuse so that people know what the signs are and how to spot them.

“This week-long campaign is also a great opportunity for all of us to learn more about the support available to help end domestic violence.

“This is valuable information that could help save lives.”