domestic abuse support knowsley sefton

Where to Get Help

There are many helpful websites which give information about domestic abuse to help you if you want to find out more or if you’re concerned about someone else:

  • Refuge – specialist support of women, children and some men escaping domestic abuse
  • Women’s Aid – for women and children: services, support and campaigning to end domestic abuse
  • Men’s Aid – practical advice and support to men who have experienced domestic abuse
  • Respect – men and women working together to end domestic violence
  • SafeLives – campaigns and information
  • National Domestic Violence Helpline – provides 24hr helpline support, run by Refuge and Women’s Aid.
  • Victim Care Merseyside – information portal offering advice and guidance, run by Merseyside Police and the Police and Crime Commissioners Office.

If you’re experiencing domestic abuse in Knowsley or Sefton, you can get free emotional and practical support from these local organisations – by telephone, face to face, at their offices or online. All services can be anonymous – you do not have to give your details unless you want to.


In Knowsley, The First Step offers a range of services for those involved in abusive relationships. You can contact them on 0151 548 3333 or email them at

Information can also be found on the Knowsley crime and safety website.


In Sefton, SWACA is an independent domestic abuse service for women and children in Sefton offering free practical and emotional support by phone or in person. You can contact SWACA by calling 0151 922 8606, texting 0777 974 594 or emailing

Also in Sefton, the Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVA) Team can offer free crisis intervention support to both men and women who are at high risk of domestic abuse, including providing practical help including safety planning for the whole family, support through the Criminal Justice System, and home security checks. They will work with people even if they choose to remain in the home. The IDVA can be contacted by phone on 0151 934 5142 or email at

It’s not your fault.
You are not alone.
You have the right to live free from fear.


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If you’re worried that someone might be in immediate danger, always call 999.
Call the National Domestic Violence Helpline, which takes calls anonymously and is open 24 hours, on 0808 2000 247.