Recognise the signs of Domestic Abuse
You cannot always know what goes on behind closed doors, but you may be able to look out for signs of emotional, psychological or physical abuse. If you notice these warning signs of abuse in someone you know please think about how you can help them. You can contact any of the organisations below for more support.
People who are being abused may:
- Seem afraid or anxious to please their partner
- Go along with everything their partner says and does
- Check in often with their partner to report where they are and what they’re doing
- Receive frequent, harassing phone calls from their partner
- Talk about their partner’s temper, jealousy, or possessiveness
People who are being physically abused may:
- Have frequent injuries, with the excuse of “accidents”
- Frequently miss work, school, or social occasions, without explanation
- Dress in clothing designed to hide bruises or scars (e.g. wearing long sleeves in the summer or sunglasses indoors)
People who are being isolated by their abuser may:
- Be restricted from seeing family and friends
- Rarely go out in public without their partner
- Have limited access to money, credit cards, or the car
People who are being psychologically abused may:
- Have very low self-esteem, even if they used to be confident
- Show major personality changes (e.g. an outgoing person becomes withdrawn)
- Be depressed, anxious, or suicidal
Information from Helpguide
We signpost victims of domestic abuse to the Mankind Initiative. If you are a victim of domestic abuse you are not alone.
No matter what your background, age, job, race or sexuality, The Mankind Initiative can offer you support.
The National Domestic Violence Helpline
The Freephone 24 Hour National Domestic Violence Helpline, run in partnership between Women’s Aid and Refuge, is a national service for women experiencing domestic violence, their family, friends, colleagues and others calling on their behalf.
0808 2000 247
Men's advice line
The Men’s Advice Line is a confidential helpline for all men experiencing domestic violence by a current or ex-partner.
They provide emotional support and practical advice, and can give you details of other specialist services.
0808 801 0327
Wirral Domestic Abuse Alliance
Wirral Domestic Abuse Alliance is a formal partnership between a range of statutory authorities and voluntary organisations.
The Alliance oversees delivery of the Wirral Plan’s Zero Tolerance to Domestic Abuse Pledge and allows all members to bring matters to the attention of other partners.
Promoting Healthy Wellbeing & Activities
On applying to be a charity, aside from raising awareness to male domestic abuse, we made it clear that part of our plan was to promote healthy sporting lifestyle. We believe that getting families and children out and involved with any sporting activity can only lead to a better healthy life, both mentally and physically.
It’s a proven practice that such lifestyles help in family life and a happy family breeds happy children, who in turn grow and pass the same values to their children. This can all be linked to the issues involved in society these days including domestic abuse.
When we start speaking to victims or their families we shall encourage them to choose such paths and join our events.
Throughout the year we host and take part in numerous events to help raise awareness for the organisation and domestic abuse involving men.
To keep up with all the latest news and updates about the Paul Lavelle Foundation click on the link below.
The main aim of The Paul Lavelle Foundation charity is to raise enough money to build a community hub in Paul’s name which will also act as a refuge for male victims of domestic abuse. We also want to lend a helping hand and raise money for other charities across Merseyside.