Over recent weeks local media has reported on some tragic domestic abuse cases. These cases may have made people think about their own circumstances or those of people they care about. We want to reassure Wirral residents that our domestic abuse services are still operating, and will throughout lockdown, so if you need help or someone to speak to please do get in touch- it really is okay to talk about it. Our local Domestic Abuse Alliance is a partnership between community, voluntary and public services. This partnership is committed to making Wirral a place where as few people as possible are affected by domestic abuse but those who are can get help to end the abuse and go on to live the lives they want.
There are local services available for survivors of domestic abuse, both male and female, and a new programme for perpetrators who want help to change. We understand that living with domestic abuse can have an impact on children and young people and will work with parents to help families recover. Wirral Infobank provides details on our local services and we ask that anyone who is worried about domestic abuse makes contact with them. Workers in these community-based services have expertise in domestic abuse and will be able to discuss your situation and options available to you. It’s important to know that you are not alone and there are people who can help.
If you are at risk of immediate harm, contact the Police, or if this is not possible you can ‘Ask for ANI’ at local chemists. ANI, which stands for Assistance Needed Immediately, is a codeword that you can use to let staff in chemists or pharmacies know that you need immediate help to be safe. All Boots stores are offering this and a wide range of independent pharmacies who have the ANI badge displayed discreetly in their door/windows.
Use the words domestic abuse in the keyword search of the Infobank to find a service that’s right for you or the person(s) you’re worried about.