VICTIMS of domestic abuse in Sefton have been reminded of local support services following reports of a national increase of incidents.
With many residents now at home during the coronavirus pandemic, police forces up and down the country are concerned over a rise of domestic abuse.
Sefton Council has issued advice to anyone living in the borough who may be a victim of domestic abuse such as violence or coercive and controlling behaviour.
A spokesman for Sefton Council said: “While all public services are adapting to new ways of working during this pandemic, our message to anyone who is experiencing domestic abuse could not be more clear.
“You are not alone and you don’t have to suffer in silence – we are always here to offer help and support to anyone who needs it.
“Sefton are working with multiple partners including Merseyside Police and providers of domestic abuse support across Merseyside and we will continue to work together to maintain essential services and contacts for anyone affected by domestic abuse during the weeks and months to come.”
More information about those services and who to contact is available via www.sefton.gov.uk/isolationabuse.
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