Monday, December 13, 2021

Domestic abuse - don’t suffer alone this Christmas

  • Christmas pressures can see domestic abuse and violence rise
  • Seek help if you're worried about yourself or others
  • Local and national support available over the Christmas period

Christmas can be a stressful time of year. With extra financial pressures and worries, this can lead to a rise in incidents of domestic abuse and violence in the home. West Lancashire Borough Council and its partners can offer help and advice if you are worried that you, or someone you know, might be vulnerable.

Councillor Gareth Dowling, portfolio holder for Communities and Community Safety, said: "Christmas should be a time when we enjoy being with friends and family, but for many, the reality is much darker and feelings of isolation can be overwhelming. 

"That’s why we want to let people know that help and support is out there for them. Should anyone feel that they are in an abusive relationship or know of someone who is, please reach out for help straight away.

"Our partners at The Liberty Centre and other charities are experts in helping people through domestic abuse issues. One phone call may be all it takes to start the journey out of domestic abuse."

Women's Aid define domestic abuse as: 'An incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening, degrading and violent behaviour, including sexual violence, in the majority of cases by a partner or ex-partner, but also by a family member or carer.' 

 

Where to get help:

The Liberty Centre

The Liberty Centre is a West Lancashire-based hub for services for victims of domestic abuse and violence. Offering immediate emergency accommodation for adults and children. With counselling and support for anyone who is a victim of domestic abuse or feel they may become one. The Liberty Centre can be contacted on a confidential 24-hour helpline on 0808 100 3062 and 01695 50600. Alternatively, more information can be found at http://www.thelibertycentre.org.uk

Lancashire Victim Services

Lancashire Victim Services offer emotional support, information and practical help to victims of violence in West Lancashire and the wider Lancashire County. To contact Lancashire Victim Services call 0300 323 0085, email info@lancashirevictimservices.org or visit https://lancashirevictimservices.org/

National Domestic Abuse Helpline

The Freephone 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline number is 0808 2000 247 and  is a confidential and free service run by Refuge. Phonelines are manned all year including over the Christmas Period.

West Lancashire Borough Council

We at West Lancashire Borough Council also provide a list of services at www.westlancs.gov.uk/domesticviolence, along with the details for the Don’t Be A Bystander campaign, which can be found at This campaign aims to help encourage those who might witness domestic abuse amongst their friends and family come forward to services like the Liberty Centre or similar charities, ultimately helping people who might not have the ability or opportunity to seek help themselves.

If you feel in immediate danger dial 999 and ask for the emergency services.

Quick Links:

Liberty Centre:

-         Call: 01695 50600 or 0808 100 3062

-         Website: www.thelibertycentre.org.uk

-         Social Medias: Facebook, Instagram

Lancashire Victim Services:

-         Call: 0300 323 0085

-         Email: info@lancashirevictimservices.org

-         Website: www.lancashirevictimservices.org

Freephone 24 Hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline:

-         Call: 0808 2000 247

West Lancashire Borough Council Domestic Abuse Issues: