Partners across Merseyside have a clear message to share with victims of domestic abuse during lockdown – #YouAreNotAlone.
Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens, Sefton and Wirral Councils, working with Merseyside Police, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service and health partners, want to make sure people are aware of the help and support that is available.
With the country still in lockdown and many residents self-isolating whilst juggling work demands, financial issues, home schooling and childcare, the strain and pressures at home for everyone can be quite intense. That’s even more so for victims of domestic abuse, where home may not be a necessarily safe place.
Merseyside Police’s Deputy Chief Constable Serena Kennedy and Chair of the Strategic Coordinating Group of the Merseyside Resilience Forum, who is coordinating the regional response to the coronavirus pandemic said:
“It’s a challenging time for everyone at the moment but the situation is far worse for those people who feel trapped, isolated, controlled or feel like they are walking on egg shells all of the time.
The important thing is that we want everyone across our region to know that you don’t need to suffer in silence. Help and support is just a phone call or click away and there are choices and options you can make. You are not alone.”
Local communities can pledge their support to the campaign by sharing the messages with their friends and families and through social media. Some people are specifically sharing a photo of a heart on their palm, demonstrating that victims are not alone.
Cllr Shelley Powell, Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods, said “With the current lock-down situation, residents who are in an abusive relationship may not know where to turn for help and support. Through the #YouAreNotAlone campaign, there’s a choice of phone or online support – both of which can help you to know what your options are to help you take your next step. My message is, you are not alone and support is available.”
If anyone needs support, call the freephone, 24 hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline number – 0808 2000 247 – run by Refuge. Remember in an emergency situation, ring 999 and if you are unable to speak when the operator answers, press 55 and the operator will transfer your call to the relevant police force.
Further information is also available at www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk.
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