Domestic abuse – it’s all about choices

Published on: Friday, 14-February-2014

 

The Safer Knowsley Partnership’s latest domestic abuse campaign is reminding residents ‘it’s all about choices’, particularly in the run-up to Valentine’s Day.

At this time of year, victims of domestic abuse may feel isolated, knowing that other people are celebrating whilst they are suffering.   The domestic abuse campaign in

Knowsley aims to raise awareness of the issue as well as letting people know that help really is only a phone call away.

The campaign has a dual purpose and also raises awareness that support is available to perpetrators who want to change their behaviour.

Sheena Ramsey, joint Chair of the Safer Knowsley Partnership, said “Domestic abuse is never okay. Men and women can be victims but it is an offence that affects more than those direct victims. It affects children, wider families and friends. Perpetrators should challenge their own behaviour, understand it and seek help and support to stop a cycle of abuse.  Victims are encouraged to take the first step and report it.”

Domestic abuse can take many forms, including verbal, psychological, emotional, social, financial and sexual, as well as physical.

Call Knowsley’s Domestic Violence helpline on 0800 953 4433 for help and support.  Alternatively, Knowsley Domestic Violence Support Services offer a range of support and programmes to help both victims and perpetrators – call 0151 548 3333.