The North West has one of the worst records in the country for domestic abuse. One leading women's charity says many people could be staying with violent partners because there are no longer places for them to shelter.
A charity is warning that support services for victims of domestic violence could be about to collapse. Women's Aid say that funding cuts have left massive gaps in provision.
Police and the local council on the Wirral are launching a campaign to combat domestic abuse. Research shows that reports of abuse tend to peak after children return to school. Victims are being urged to seek support.
– Jill Barr, manager of the Wirral Council Family Safety Unit
"Domestic abuse has no boundaries and affects women of any age, living in all areas across Wirral. We understand how frightening living with domestic abuse can be. The fear of not knowing what will happen next is often the reason why some women do not feel able to tell anyone about what is happening to them. At the Family Safety Unit we will listen to you, believe your story and work with you to help you break free and live safely away from fear. We can support you with a wide range of options to reduce your risk. We work closely with Merseyside Police and support agencies."
– Cllr George Davies, Wirral’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, Housing and Engagement
"No-one should have to live with the threat of domestic abuse. Very often, just picking up the phone will be the first step to safety, and the start of a life where the threat of violence or intimidation is a thing of the past. It is important to remember that you don’t have to be hit to be in an abusive relationship – domestic violence is also about emotional and psychological abuse. If you or someone you know is in a violent or abusive relationship, please ring the Family Safety Unit, even if it is just for a chat."
Police are urging victims of domestic abuse on Wirral to seek help as part of a new campaign launched this week. Research shows that reports of abuse increase when schools return. As part of the campaign the force have released an anonymous video of a victim talking about the abuse she suffered.
Most victims of domestic abuse suffer in silence. Experts say they need people to reach out to them. Now Greater Manchester Police are urging relatives, friends and neighbours to come forward if they suspect abuse is taking place.
A damning report into the death of a teenage mum from Liverpool murdered by her boyfriend says the authorities failed her.
Kelsey Shaw was just 17 when she was strangled by her boyfriend Callum Willcocks after he'd subjected her to years of domestic abuse.
Liverpool Safeguarding Children Board say a number of services including the police failed to spot Kelsey was at risk of serious harm.
But her friends and family are determined to do all they can not to let it happen again.
Sarah Rogers has the story:
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