Cllr Trish Hardy, member of Sefton’s Council Cabinet for Housing and Communities, shares her support for the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign.
The issue of gender-based violence has never been so relevant. Over the past 12 months, there have been several high-profile cases of violence against women and girls, including the tragic death of 12-year-old Ava White.
Friday, December 10 marked International Human Rights Day, as well as the end of 16 days of activism against gender-based violence. The campaign was an opportunity for us to raise awareness and learn more about the different forms of violence faced by women and girls.
These include domestic violence and abuse, rape and harassment, as well as more hidden harmful practices such as abuse based on “honor”, female genital mutilation and forced marriage.
As a Council, we want to make it clear that there is no excuse for abuse and that we are totally committed to eliminating gender-based violence from our society.
I would like to take this opportunity to take stock of the work being done by the Sefton Domestic Abuse Partnership Council, a multi-agency partnership, which was established under the new Domestic Abuse Act.
To ensure we have a complete picture of current services across Sefton and the needs of victims and children to inform future planning, we commissioned a Domestic Violence Needs Assessment.
The results of the assessment will be used to review Sefton’s domestic violence strategy early next year.
As a Council, we are proud to have participated in the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. We are committed to keeping the issue at the forefront not just 16 days, but 365 days a year, as we continue to strengthen our response to this issue in all its forms.
Sefton’s advice does not condone any type of domestic violence and we have processes in place to help protect people and ensure that does not happen. Where it does, we will provide help, support and guidance to our residents and their families, as well as challenges to those who commit the abuse.
If you are a resident of Sefton and are experiencing domestic violence or think someone you know, support is available. Please see the different support services below:
Independent team of family violence counselors
Free support from a crisis specialist for anyone 16 years of age and over experiencing domestic violence, including hands-on safety planning assistance for the whole family, support through the criminal justice system and support in advocacy with other services.
Phone: 0151 934 5142
E-mail: [email protected] – please note that this is not a secure email address
Help for the women and children of Sefton
SWACA helps women, youth and children survive the impact of domestic violence and abuse by providing free practical and emotional support.
E-mail: [email protected]
Call: 0151 922 8606
Venus works with homeless women, families, children, youth and adults in Sefton.
Call: 0151 474 4744
E-mail: [email protected]
Rape and Sexual Abuse Center (RASA) Merseyside
RASA can provide:
- essential crisis and therapeutic support for people of all ages who have been affected by sexual violence at any time in their lives.
- expert advice, support and independent advocacy against sexual violence (ISVA service, which includes support throughout the criminal justice process.
- the possibility of giving anonymous information about sexual violence if a person does not wish to make a formal complaint.
- Telephone assistance is available:
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Call: 0151 558 1801
Email: [email protected]
National helpline on domestic violence
Available free of charge 24 hours a day 0808 2000 247
Provides online resources for children and youth living with domestic violence
Merseyside SECURE Place
This is a referral center for sexual assault
Phone : 0151 295 3550
Helping men escape domestic violence
Phone : 01823 334 244
Respect the telephone line
Is a confidential and anonymous helpline for anyone concerned about their violence and / or abuse towards a partner or ex-partner. Free phone 0808 802 4040