Over the last week Knowsley Council has been supporting the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (also known as ‘White Ribbon Day’) and subsequent annual 16 days of activism against gender-based violence.
While it is predominantly females who experience domestic abuse, men can also be a victim, and they are urged to seek support and reminded they are not alone. Professionals working in the field understand that that abuse does not always differentiate between genders.
Knowsley Council’s specialist Domestic Abuse Team define Domestic Violence and Abuse as:
“Any incident of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality.”
The abuse can include, but is not limited to:
- Coercive Control (a pattern of intimidation, degradation, isolation and control with the use or threat of physical or sexual violence).
- Psychological and/or emotional abuse.
- Physical or sexual abuse.
- Financial or economic abuse.
- Harassment and stalking.
- Online or digital abuse.
Click on this link to read our article with more information about what domestic abuse is and the forms it comes in. You can also answer a series of questions that could identify if you are in a controlling relationship.
Cllr Shelley Powell, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods, said:
“Although males only account for a small number of reported domestic abuse victims, violence against anyone is unacceptable – no matter what their gender is. If you are experiencing domestic abuse, our message is clear – you are not alone and we urge you to report your experiences. You don’t have to suffer in silence and there is specialist support available so please speak out and find help.”
If you, your child, or anyone in the family are at immediate risk of harm, you should contact the police urgently and call 999. If you not at immediate risk but are concerned, please see contact details below for available support for Knowsley residents:
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
Further useful support organisations include:
Worst Kept Secret Helpline: 0800 028 3398
Refuge (includes information for men) 0808 200 0247 (24 hours)
The Men’s Advice Line, for male domestic abuse survivors – 0808 801 0327
National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline 0800 999 5428
Samaritans (24/7 service) 116 123