Wirral beauticians given help to support domestic abuse survivors

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Wirral beauticians given help to support domestic abuse survivors

Post by Wirral Council News » Fri Jun 21, 2019 3:25 pm

A one-off training event, delivered by community group Involve North West, hopes to raise awareness of the support that members of the community can provide to survivors of abuse, however big or small.

Funded by Wirral Council, informal training to Wirral’s hairdressers, beauticians and other small businesses aims to empower individuals to spot the signs of domestic abuse.

Speaking of the training, Jill Barr, Domestic Abuse Consultant at Involve North West, who will be running the session said: “We wanted to engage members of the community who often work alone or in close quarters with their clients and colleagues, developing close friendships and real bonds with them.

“Often, these are the people who may notice signs that somebody is acting differently, being abused, or they may even hear of instances of abuse.

“It’s also about supporting small business owners in Wirral who may be worried about their employees experiencing domestic abuse. After all, domestic abuse is still one of the biggest causes for staff sickness, stress and loss of productivity in the workplace.”

If the event proves popular, Involve North West hope to deliver more training events in different areas in Wirral.

Jill Barr continues: “The session is about offering people the knowledge of how they can help and what support is available in Wirral, so that people do not feel scared or overwhelmed with the worry of supporting someone who may be in an abusive relationship.”

Taking place at St James Centre in Birkenhead the event is aimed at small businesses across the borough and is an extension of Wirral’s Business Quality Mark for Zero Tolerance to Domestic Abuse project, launched in 2018.

The session will be a mix of informal training, advice and guidance about how to support staff, customers and community members who may be experiencing domestic abuse. It will show people how best to ‘signpost’ people to the specialist and localised support available across Wirral – safely.

Cllr Tom Usher, Cabinet Member for Children Families and Education and chair of the Wirral Domestic Abuse Alliance said: “The training is a great opportunity for raising awareness of the support that is available for people who are experiencing domestic abuse, or worrying about someone who might be.

“There are many council services and local charities who can provide assistance to survivors in Wirral. We want more people to know about them. This training session is another example of how Wirral’s domestic abuse services are engaging with the community to say no to domestic abuse and show survivors that we are there for them.”

The event will take place on Monday 1st July 2019 from 11.30am – 2pm at the St James Centre. The event is free and a light lunch will be provided. The event is open to men and women.

Full venue address: St James Centre, 344 Laird Street, Birkenhead, CH41 7AL.

Interested in attending? Please send all enquiries to Jill Barr at Involve Northwest via email jillbarr@involvenorthwest.org.uk or phone on 07495797477.

Looking for support?

If you've been the victim of domestic abuse, or are concerned for someone who is, you can visit www.itsneverokwirral.org for information about the local resources and services available.

In an emergency, if you’re concerned for your own or someone else’s immediate wellbeing, always dial 999. In non-emergency cases and for general advice, please call 101.

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Published by Wirral Council News on Fri, 21 Jun 2019 www.wirral.gov.uk

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