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“It has changed my life” – domestic abuse programme brings hope and recovery

by Guy Murphy

A number of Knowsley residents who are experiencing or have experienced domestic abuse and are parents have taken their first steps to recovery thanks to the Hope2Recovery programme.

So far this year 14 victim/survivors have accessed the six-week programme which aims to support participants to develop an understanding of domestic abuse, coercive control and the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships.

Some victims-survivors of domestic abuse may struggle with the challenge of being a nurturing parent while in an abusive relationship and this can impact their confidence as they look to make a recovery and build their future life. This can also put them at risk of finding themselves in another abuse relationship in the future.

Sessions within Hope2Recovery last one hour per week approach learning in a trauma informed way. enabling participants to understand the dynamics of domestic abuse, why they have coped the way they have and how it has impacted their parenting.

The Hope2Recovery programme can have a real positive impact on the recovery of victims and survivors of domestic abuse and their families.

The sessions aim to increase participant’s knowledge and understanding of abusive behaviours. Importantly, this gives them the confidence in their roles as parents and help plan a safer life for themselves and their families in the future.

Participant 1 said: “Attending the Hope2Recovery has opened my way of thinking and I have enjoyed listening to other participants stories as it has made me feel less alone.”

Participant 2 added: “It has changed my life. Everything I have learnt will be useful.”

Cllr Shelley Powell, Knowsley Council Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods, said: “The Hope2Recovery programme is vital in supporting victims and survivors of domestic abuse to develop the tools to protect themselves and their loved ones in the future.

“I am delighted that it has had such a positive impact on those who have already participated in it and I wish them all the best as they continue their recovery, rediscover their confidence as parents and build their future lives.”

Participants in the Hope2Recovery programme are referred by a Domestic Abuse Advocate or other partner services and organisations.

How to report or access support for domestic abuse

If you are in danger, always call the Police on 999

Whatever your situation, you are not alone and help and support is available through:-

Knowsley Council Safer Communities Service (Specialist Domestic Abuse Service)
0151 443 2610

The First Step (Specialist Domestic Abuse Service)
0151 548 3333

Knowsley Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub
0151 443 2600

Savera UK
0800 107 0726

National Domestic violence Helpline
0808 2000 247

Men’s Advice Line
0808 801 0327

LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline
0800 999 5428