Take the first step to help make domestic abuse stop

Published on: Thursday, 11-December-2014

Historically, incidents of domestic abuse increase over Christmas, when the pressures of family and money, as well as an increase in alcohol consumption, places additional strain on relationships.

The Safer Knowsley Partnership is helping to raise awareness of the problem, which can take many forms including verbal, psychological, emotional, social, financial, as well as physical.  In many cases, as well as affecting a partner, domestic abuse affects children in the home too. 

If you are suffering abuse, find a safe place, like a bedroom, where they can go until the abuse is over, talk to someone you trust about what is happening at home and take the first step to helping it stop by reporting it.  Help and support is available at every step of the way – call freephone 0800 953 4433 to find out more.

Cllr Jackie Harris, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Social Inclusion, said “Christmas for most is a time for enjoying yourself, having fun and spending quality time with family. However, for some, the emotional strain of the season can contribute to a rise in domestic abuse.  Even the healthiest relationship can suffer stress and strain over Christmas, with all the commitments in relation to family and friends and the need to provide for the family.”

“Stress, debt and for many, alcohol consumption, can all contribute to changes in people’s behaviour which can lead to incidents of domestic abuse.  Our message is simple – don’t let abuse spoil your Christmas.  Pick up the phone today and take the first steps to make it stop.”

Call Knowsley’s Domestic Violence helpline on 0800 953 4433 for help and support. 

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 The First Step (formerly Knowsley Domestic Violence Support Services).