Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities shares support for 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based violence campaign.
The issue of gender-based violence has never been more pertinent. In the last 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 10 December marked the International Day for Human Rights, as well as the end of 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence. The campaign has been 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 like ‘honour’-based abuse, female genital mutilation and forced marriage.
As a Council, we want to make clear that there is no excuse for abuse and that we are completely committed to the elimination of gender-based violence from our society.
I want to take this opportunity to provide an update on the work being led by the Sefton Domestic Abuse Partnership Board, a multi-agency partnership, which has been established as part of the new Domestic Abuse Act legislation.
To ensure we have a full picture of the current services across Sefton and the needs of victims and children to inform future planning, we have commissioned a Domestic Abuse Needs Assessment.
The outcomes from the Assessment will be used to review Sefton’s Domestic Abuse Strategy early next year.
We as a Council are proud to have been a part of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence. We are committing to keeping the issue at the forefront for not just 16 days, but 365 days of the year, as we continue strengthening our response to it in all its forms.
Sefton Council does not tolerate any kind of domestic abuse and we have processes in place to help safeguard people and help ensure it does not happen. Where it does, we will provide help, support and guidance to our residents and families, as well as challenge those perpetrating the abuse.
If you are a Sefton resident and are experiencing domestic abuse or believe someone you know is support is available. Please see the different support services below:
Independent Domestic Violence Advisors Team
Free crisis specialist support for anyone 16+ experiencing domestic abuse, including practical help in safety planning for the whole family, support through the criminal justice system and advocacy support with other services.
Telephone: 0151 934 5142
Email: IDVA.Team@sefton.gov.uk – please note this is not a secure email address
Sefton Women’s and Children’s Aid
SWACA help women, young people and children survive the impact of domestic violence and abuse by giving free practical and emotional support.
Phone: 0151 922 8606
Venus work with women, families, children and young people and homeless adults in Sefton.
Phone: 0151 474 4744
Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre (RASA) Merseyside
RASA can provide:
- essential crisis and therapeutic support to individuals of all ages who have been affected by sexual violence at any time in their lives.
- specialised counselling, support and an Independent Sexual Violence Advocacy (ISVA service, which includes support through the Criminal Justice process.
- the opportunity to give anonymous intelligence in relation to sexual violence if an individual does not want to make a formal complaint.
- Helpline support is available:
Tuesdays & Thursdays 6.00pm – 8.00pm
Friday 12.00noon – 2.00pm
Phone: 0151 558 1801
National Domestic Violence Helpline
Free available 24hours a day 0808 2000 247
Provides online resource for children and young people living with domestic violence
SAFE Place Merseyside
This is a sexual assault referral centre
Tel : 0151 295 3550
Helping men escape from domestic abuse
Tel: 01823 334 244
Is a confidential and anonymous helpline for anyone concerned about their violence and/or abuse towards a partner or ex-partner. Freephone 0808 802 4040