Representatives from Knowsley Council, Merseyside Police and The First Step have met with Nicole Jacobs, the Domestic Abuse Commissioner for England and Wales. In a lengthy meeting, key partners were able to discuss the work currently underway in the borough, the current challenges being experienced and highlight to the Commissioner areas where further support may be needed locally.
This meeting is part of the ongoing work of the Knowsley Domestic Abuse Partnership Board – a multi-agency group specifically working to address the issue of Domestic Abuse and provide support for victims and survivors in the borough as well as holding perpetrators to account for their behaviours through a support and challenge approach.
The Commissioner shared details of her current priorities and areas of focus and also provided her feedback on Knowsley’s work and approach to date. In particular, she acknowledged the strength of Knowsley’s Domestic Abuse Partnership Board and the progress that has been made over the last year. The Commissioner also commented on the positive relationship between partners and with the Community, Voluntary and Faith Sector in the borough.
Cllr Shelley Powell, Knowsley Council Cabinet Member for Communities & Neighbourhoods is Chair of the Partnership Board. She commented:
“We were incredibly grateful for the time we were given by the Commissioner and her willingness to engage so positively in the work we are doing here. We do have a strong team and good partnerships but to have a someone so experienced in working in this field provide us with such positive feedback is a great endorsement of our efforts to date and her views are really valued by all partners.”
“In addition to sharing best practice and general feedback the meeting also provided us with an opportunity to continue to raise the issue of the long-term sustainable support for domestic abuse interventions. We particularly wanted to explain some of the challenges we experience with funding from central government. We appealed for more co-ordination of this process to allow for longer term planning and more assurance that we can continue to deliver services and support that we know are so valued by those impacted by domestic abuse.”
Nicole Jacobs was appointed in 2019 as the first designate Domestic Abuse Commissioner for England and Wales. Nicole has dedicated her career to supporting victims and survivors and has more than 20 years’ experience as a frontline worker and in domestic abuse policy and intervention.
DOMESTIC ABUSE SUPPORT
If you are a Knowsley resident and are experiencing domestic abuse or believe someone you know is please contact:
Knowsley Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub
Tel: 0151 443 2600
Knowsley Early Help Hub
Freephone helpline on 0800 073 0043 and ask for your information to be passed onto the Early Help Hub and one of our staff will call you back. Or you could complete the online form by clicking the ‘ask for help and support’ on this link.
The First Step (Specialist Domestic Abuse Service)
Tel: 0151 548 3333