There’s a new leader at the helm of Hertfordshire’s domestic abuse unit.
Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Cheek, who joined Hertfordshire Constabulary earlier this year from the MET Police, now heads up the Domestic Abuse Investigation and Safeguarding team for the whole county.
The unit is the Force’s largest specialised team and deals with reports of abuse occurring in intimate relationships across the whole county. Much of their work focuses on the protection of victims and their families.
DCI Cheek said: “I am delighted to be joining the DAISU. It is a great place to make a difference to the lives of people who are really suffering.
“I am also keen to raise public awareness of issues around domestic abuse. Many people still believe it is just about violence. But in reality it can take many forms including controlling and coercive behaviour, or emotional, sexual or financial abuse.
“Our work is not about smashing down doors and arresting people all the time – we deal with investigations sensitively and work with victims, often helping them to get the support they need to help change their lives. There are many different things we can do to help get them out of the harmful situations they find themselves in.”
Stuart will be raising awareness around domestic abuse issues using the newly created Twitter account @DaisuHerts
If you or someone you know is being affected by domestic abuse, please call the Herts Domestic Abuse Helpline in confidence for free help, advice and support on 08 088 088 088 (open weekdays 9am-9pm and weekends 9am-4pm).
In an emergency situation, always call 999.