The Happy Mondays singer Rowetta who is a former victim of domestic abuse and Isobel Shirlaw from the charity Refuge discuss whether the police are doing enough to protect victims of domestic violence.
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.
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.
"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."
– Jill Barr, manager of the Wirral Council Family Safety Unit
"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."
– Cllr George Davies, Wirral’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, Housing and Engagement
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.