Domestic abuse campaign heats up in Knowsley

Published on: Friday, 02-May-2014

The Safer Knowsley Partnership is turning up the heat on its latest campaign which is aimed at both victims and offenders of domestic abuse.

As part of the high profile campaign, three fire appliances have been branded with the message ‘Domestic abuse – it’s all about choices’.

This latest phase of the campaign focuses on getting the message out and about around Knowsley. As well as fire appliances, the message will also be seen on taxis, buses and roadside adverts across the borough.

The aim of the campaign is to encourage victims to take the first step and report it and inform perpetrators that they have a choice and they can get help to change their behaviour.  Help really is only a phone call away.

Sheena Ramsey, joint Chair of the Safer Knowsley Partnership, said “We do not underestimate how difficult that first call will be, but it is the right thing to do.

“We want to get this message out to as many people as possible and using fire engines is a highly visible way for us to do this.

“We want to let both men and women know that they don’t have to accept domestic abuse – they have a choice. Help and support is available for victims and offenders. We’re encouraging victims to take the first step to report the abuse and offenders to take the first step to help stop the cycle of abuse.”

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 offenders – call 0151 548 3333.

The Safer Knowsley Partnership consists of Knowsley Council, Merseyside Police, Merseyside Probation Trust, Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, Clinical Commissioning Group, Knowsley Housing Trust and Villages Housing.  They also work with other agencies including Knowsley Domestic Violence Support Services.