By Marianne Welsh 

Domestic abuse is often thought to only affect women and is perceived to be about physical abuse where violence is used or threats of violence against a female partner or ex partner are carried out. But domestic abuse can and does take many other forms. It can be psychological, sexual, emotional and also financial. Plus although women are the main victims it can also be directed at a male by a female partner. There are even elderly men and women who are subjected to regular domestic abuse from members of their own families.

The police estimate that in the UK they get a call every minute of every day from someone who is a victim of domestic abuse. This is a shocking revelation.

Here in Sefton we are working to help those who are suffering from domestic abuse to come forward and get the help they desperately need. Sefton Council’s Vulnerable Victims Advocacy Team (VVAT), will help by taking self-referrals from victims requiring advice and/or sanctuary. They can be contacted on: 0151 934 5142.

There is also the National Domestic Abuse Helpline (Freephone) on 0808 200 0247.

Remember no one should have to suffer domestic abuse in any shape or form. It is never ever the fault of the victim, and working with professionals in the field of abuse those affected can make choices and start to rebuild their lives.

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