You do not have to suffer from
domestic abuse during lock-down…
This is the message from
organisations across Liverpool today at the start of a campaign aimed at
letting everyone know that even though we are in isolation, help is always
Liverpool City Council,
Merseyside Police and others across the city have joined forces as part of the
national #YouAreNotAlone campaign.
Each year more than 14,000
cases of domestic abuse are reported to Merseyside Police.
Latest reports to the council
show there has been a 25 per cent increase in the number of reports of domestic
violence in Liverpool during April.
However, experts working with
victims fear many cases may be going unreported with people being unable to
leave their homes and get away from their abuser.
Domestic abuse can take many forms from physical violence through to psychological and emotional manipulation.
It can be between partners,
family members and even carers. Children can be victims of domestic abuse,
either as secondary victims hearing and seeing abuse, or through being abused
Liverpool City Council works
with a range of organisations to provide support, advice and guidance to anyone
who is suffering from domestic abuse.
This includes working with a
network of safe havens across the city for those who need to escape an abusive
These services are continuing
throughout lockdown and the council and its partners say there is no need for
anyone to suffer in silence.
They are also calling on family members, friends and community members who suspect someone is the victim of domestic abuse, to take action and let someone know.
A directory of local
organisations that can provide help is available through Liverpool City Council
Early Help Directory: ehd.liverpool.gov.uk
Or you can call:
- Liverpool Domestic Abuse Services – 0151 263 7474
- South Liverpool Domestic Services – 0151 494 2222
- Savera UK (honour-based abuse and harmful practice
specialist) – 0800 107 0726
- National Domestic Abuse 24-hour Support
Helpline: 0808 2000 247
- RESPECT National Helpline, perpetrators (9am to 5pm)
0808 802 4040
In an emergency, people who
feel they are in immediate danger can call 999. There
is also a text 999 service to use in an emergency.
For non-urgent information, people can also contact @CrimestoppersUK, anonymously on 0800 555 111.