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Families suffering domestic abuse are being encouraged to seek help and advice early as part of a summer campaign by Merseyside Police and two local charities.

Victims are being urged to talk to someone about what is going on in the family home at an early stage before they and any children in the family suffer further.

And those who are worried about their own abusive behaviour are also being encouraged to talk to services that can offer advice and programme to help them change before they cause any more harm.

The media campaign is being launched just weeks after the police were given new powers to remove perpetrators from the home to give victims the chance to decide what to do next, as well as to share information about a perpetrator’s offending history with any new partner.

It is supported by an advertising campaign which encourage adults in an abusive relationship to recognise the damaging impact it may be having on their children.

Detectives from the force’s public protection and family crime units hope that greater awareness of the new legislation will encourage victims of domestic abuse not to suffer in silence, particularly this summer when excessive drinking – which can worsen the abusive behaviour – may increase due to the World Cup.

Detective Superintendent Tim Keelan from Merseyside Police’s PPU will be available for media interviews alongside Nina George from InPACT in Knowsley, which supports male perpetrators who want to change their behaviour, and Gill Ward from Sefton Women’s and Children’s Aid, which helps women and children survive the impact of domestic abuse.

Three survivors of domestic abuse will also be available to share their perspectives (please note these interviewees wish to remain anonymous and the media will be required to take all necessary steps to protect all the interviewees’ identities).

One survivor – a woman – will talk about the effect domestic violence had on both her and her children as well as the help that a local support service gave them.

Another woman will talk about her first-hand experience as a child of witnessing her mum suffering domestic violence, and how she now helps other former child victims by being a founding member of Kids Aloud, a children’s consultation group.

And a male survivor who experienced and witnessed domestic violence as a child will talk about how that shaped his future career in the care sector.

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