Our home fixture against Oldham Athletic this Saturday will be dedicated to raising awareness for domestic abuse.
As a Club, we have successfully raised awareness for this cause for many years. This is part of working with Wirral Borough Council and other charitable organisations to help with implementation of The 2020 Wirral Plan - pledge of zero tolerance to domestic abuse: stop abuse and improve health and wellbeing of individuals and families who have witnessed it.
In addition to Saturday’s dedicated game, Club staff have received training by Involve North West on how to recognise and help staff or individuals who are victims of domestic abuse, as well as the creation of a domestic abuse policy which is a written commitment to tackling domestic abuse and raising awareness of the issue, both inside and outside of the football club.
First team player Liam Ridehalgh and Vice Chairman Nicola Palios are both club ambassadors for this campaign and have actively promoted the message of no tolerance of domestic abuse.
- Domestic abuse can affect anyone no matter what gender, race, religion, age or sexuality.
- Two million adults suffer DA a year, 82 women and 13 men being killed by their partner or former partner.
- 52% of children who witness domestic abuse experienced behavioural problems and issues with social development and relationships, 39% had difficulties adjusting to school and 25% showed abusive behaviours when they were no longer exposed to abuse.
- Evidence also shows that adults who witnessed domestic abuse as a child in their home were far more likely to experience abuse by a partner as an adult (34% compared with 11% who did not witness domestic abuse).
Please join us in raising awareness for this campaign both at the match on Saturday and online by using the hashtag #itsneverok.
If you need support in any way in relation to these topics, please visit these places for help:
- Wirral Borough Council website: https://www.itsneverokwirral.org/
- Family Safety Unit: 0151 666 4914, Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm
- National 24 Hour Domestic Abuse helpline - call free on 0808 2000 247