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Domestic Abuse support over the Christmas period

by Jonathan Kearney

We know Domestic Abuse happens throughout the year, but Christmas can be a particularly challenging time for some people. It is important to remember that there is still help and support available across the festive period, if you need it.

If you, your child, or anyone in the family are at immediate risk of harm, you should contact the police urgently, by calling 999.

Make yourself heard

  • If you’re experiencing domestic abuse and need the Police, but can’t speak, dial 999 and listen to the options from the Operator.
  • Respond by coughing or tapping the handset if you can.
  • If prompted, press 55. This let’s the operator know it’s a genuine emergency and you will be put through to the Police.

If you are not at immediate risk but are concerned, please contact one of the services listed below:

  • The Knowsley Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) emergency duty team will be available on 0151 443 2600 any time day or night throughout the Christmas and New Year period.
  • The National Domestic violence Helpline is available 24 hours a day all year round on 0808 2000 247.

The First Step (Specialist Domestic Abuse Service)

The First Step will be contactable by phone between 9am and 5pm  between Christmas and New Year but is closed on Bank Holidays, including Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Tel: 0151 548 3333

www.thefirststep.org.uk