DURING this time of the year the risk of domestic abuse increases but help is at hand for those who are suffering.
In West Lancashire if people are experiencing domestic abuse help is available locally. The council would encourage residents to trust their gut instinct and approach these services if they feel in any way unsafe about a relationship. Anyone in immediate danger should dial 999 and ask for the emergency services.
The Liberty Centre provides many services for all victims of domestic abuse. They offer emergency accommodation to women, men and children, counselling and support for anyone affected by domestic abuse. They can be contacted on their free confidential 24-hour helpline number 0808 100 3062 or on 01695 50600. More information is available at thelibertycentre.org.uk with a LiveChat every day or on ‘Liberty Centre West Lancs’ on social media site Facebook as well as at www.instagram.com/libertycentrewl
Lancashire Victim Services offers emotional support, information and practical help to victims and witnesses in West Lancashire as well as across the county. Anyone who needs support can call 0300 323 085, email email@example.com or visit https://lancashirevictimservices.org/.
Their website .westlancs.gov.uk has more details about services and gives details of Don't Be A Bystander. This is a flagship campaign against domestic abuse which encourages witnesses of domestic abuse to come forward to the police or charities such as the Liberty Centre.
Heidi McDougall, West Lancashire Community Safety Partnership chairperson, added: “Victims of domestic abuse will have faced extra problems during the pandemic and Christmas is a time when they can be at an even greater risk. We want them to know help is available to them in their hour of need.”
Councillor Gareth Dowling, cabinet member for communities and community safety, said: “We also urge witnesses of such abuse including psychological, economic, sexual, tech and physical abuse, violence or coercive control to come forward and speak out for those that are unable to report any problems to the police.”