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Raising Awareness of Knowsley’s approach to tackling Domestic Abuse

by KMBC

Today, Monday 25 November, on International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (also known as ‘White Ribbon Day’) Knowsley Council takes the opportunity to raise awareness of this important issue and the support available to Knowsley residents who may be experiencing Domestic Abuse.

Within Knowsley there are specialist teams trained to support victim/survivors of domestic abuse, offering one-on-one support to enable them to live safely in their own homes, or another location. Unlike other areas of the country, services across Knowsley offer support and reach out to residents across the spectrum of risk. This innovative approach allows victim/survivors the chance to access support at the earliest opportunity, if they choose to do so.

Organisations across the borough including Knowsley Council, Merseyside Police, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, social landlords, probation services, health services and specialist domestic abuse agencies work collaboratively to support victim/survivors of Domestic Abuse. In 2018 this partnership supported more than 1,500 victim/survivors of Domestic Abuse.

A Knowsley Council spokesperson said:

“We’re incredibly proud of our Domestic Abuse support offer in Knowsley. This distinctive approach to tackling Domestic Abuse illustrates compassion, and an understanding of local need. This White Ribbon Day we reflect on and raise awareness of this crucial issue and draw attention to the support we offer to people in the borough.”

From 25 November – Friday 6 December all services in the borough that tackle this issue are raising awareness of Domestic Abuse, including the different types of abuse, as well as the support available to you. People are encouraged to wear a white ribbon to pledge their support to ending domestic abuse.

In an emergency, always dial 999.

If you are the victim of domestic abuse, or can spot the signs in others, independent help and support is available through:

  • National Domestic Violence Helpline – 0808 2000 247
  • Men’s Advice Line – 0808 801 0327
  • LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline – 0800 999 5428
  • Women’s Aid – Live chat to Women’s Aid