Domestic Abuse & Violence
Domestic abuse is any type of controlling, bullying, threatening or violent behaviour between people in a relationship. It can seriously harm children and young people and witnessing domestic abuse is child abuse. It's important to remember domestic abuse:
- can happen inside and outside the home
- can happen over the phone, on the internet and on social networking sites
- can happen in any relationship and can continue even after the relationship has ended
- both men and women can be abused or abusers.
Witnessing domestic abuse is child abuse. If you're worried about a child phone Children’s Services (Integrated Front Door) on 0151 606 2008.
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The NSPCC run a helpline:
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What’s on offer at the Lighthouse Centre?
The Lighthouse Centre is a safe, warm, and friendly space for women and children who have experienced, or are experiencing, domestic abuse. The Centre is based within the Community Village @ Involve Northwest, 330 -334 New Chester Road, Rock Ferry, CH42 1LE.
They provide a drop-in service Monday to Friday 9am until 4pm, offering independent advocacy, risk assessment and safety planning. They also have specialist workshops and programmes running throughout the week to support women and children to help them navigate towards a safe and positive future.
They run a child friendly service; women can bring their children to the centre, although they cannot, at this stage, provide a creche facility.
No appointment is necessary. Support is not based on the levels of risk being experienced. The centre will support women who are still in a relationship with the perpetrator. They work closely with other agencies that support female domestic abuse survivors and their children. They are part of Wirral’s ‘Domestic Abuse No Excuse’ strategy and the local MARAC. Professionals are encouraged to use the centre with their clients and meeting rooms can be made available, subject to availability.
Feel free to share the list of programmes and support with colleagues, families or agencies who you think will benefit from working with the centre.
There are more organisations who can help and these are listed on the attached overview.