Knowsley launches campaign to highlight domestic abuse

Published on: Friday, 03-January-2014

The Safer Knowsley Partnership is highlighting the issue of domestic abuse over the festive period.

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

The launch of the campaign aims to reduce the spike in domestic abuse at this time of year, which is fuelled by an increase in alcohol consumption affecting behaviour and actions. 

Alcohol can affect a person’s judgement and reasoning while reducing the fear of consequences increasing risk-taking behaviour. It can cause paranoia, mood swings and depression making people more irritable, impatient and intolerant.

Reducing your alcohol consumption is simple. Set yourself a limit and stick to it when going out. Make a drink last longer by adding a mixer and alternate alcoholic drinks with soft ones. Don’t drink on an empty stomach.

Home measures are usually more generous than pub ones so choose a smaller glass and don’t fill it to the top.

As well as encouraging victims to come forward, the campaign is also asking offenders to look at their behaviour and make steps to change.  One way to do this is attendance on the InPact programme - Intervening in Partnership Abuse Change for Tomorrow.  To find out more about the programme, telephone 0151 548 3333 or visit http://www.kdvss.org.uk/ and click on InPact

Matthew Ashton, Director of Public Health at Knowsley Council, said “For many people, Christmas is a happy time of year but some homes in Knowsley won’t have a Christmas filled with presents, fun and laughter but with fear and abuse.

“There are no excuses – the Safer Knowsley Partnership has come together to ensure our residents have access to the advice and support available to help victims who are in abusive situations, as well as offenders who want to change their behaviour.  Our message is simply - help really is only a phone call away.

Call Knowsley’s Domestic Violence helpline on 0800 953 4433 for help and support.  Alternatively, for men who want to change their behaviour, the InPact programme can help – 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.