Merseyside Police will respond to all domestic abuse incidents with courage, integrity, respect and care, in line with the Force Standards and Values Policy.
At domestic abuse incidents it is particularly important that officers take positive action to make the victim and any children safe. This means arresting a person suspected of an offence, where the power to arrest exists, or taking other positive steps to ensure safety, where there is no power to arrest. Where there is sufficient evidence, the alleged offender should normally be arrested. This is particularly the case where there is clear evidence of injury and/or physical damage. Similar action should be taken where anyone (adult or child) within the household is displaying signs of alarm, fear or distress, or if there is evidence of repeat victimisation.
In the first instance, perpetrators are advised to seek support from their GP. There are also a small number of programmes available for individuals who are committing domestic abuse or are concerned about their potential to engage in such behaviour.
Engaging perpetrators in programmes designed to reduce the risk of harm posed and future offending can have a positive impact on many lives. Each entry below is listed with letters to indicate that they provide support for men (M), women (W), or children & young people (C).
Building Better Relationships | M
Led by Merseyside Community Rehabilitation Company (MCRC), the nationally accredited Building Better Relationships (BBR) is a programme aimed at men who have committed more serious forms of domestic abuse, such as assaults, harassment, stalking & breaches of restraining orders, coercive control. Across MCRC, there are roughly 120 men sentenced to BBR every quarter and 90% successfully complete the programme. In addition, the MCRC offers a one-to-one perpetrator programme and a voluntary programme for perpetrators who have not entered the Criminal Justice System.
Freedom Programme | M
01942 262 270
Intensive two-day course for men, whether abusive and wishing to change their attitudes and behaviour or whether victims of same sex domestic abuse themselves. Find a course in Wirral. Online courses are also available.
HELP Programme | M
Led by Merseyside Community Rehabilitation Company, the HELP Programme works with young men who may or may not have been convicted of domestic abuse, but are seen as being at risk of doing so. It also works for young men who have been convicted for what may be seen as less serious domestic abuse offences and who previously may not have been given specialist intervention. The Programme works well with men who are in their late teens upwards and groups often have a mix of men, from those in their forties to their late teens/early twenties. The project doesn’t focus just on the detail of individual relationships but takes a broad and holistic view of the individual’s behaviour.
G.I.R.L.S. Self-Development Project | C, F
An 8 week developmental programme for females aged 13-19, run by Wirral Council’s Targeted Youth Support Service. The project aims to reduce risk taking behaviour, strengthen resilience to peer pressure and abusive relationships and to raise aspirations in relation to healthy lifestyles and choices. There is also a junior G.I.R.L.S. project for girls aged 8 to 13. Referral forms can be obtained from Shiralea Coldicott on 0151 666 3706. A young person (or their parent/carer on their behalf) seeking referral to the project should discuss this with their youth worker, teacher, social worker or family support worker, if applicable.
LADS Project | C, M
A 6 week developmental programme for young people (males) aged 13-19, run by Wirral Council’s Targeted Youth Support Service. The project aims to reduce alcohol and drug misuse; harmful and abusive relationships and raise aspirations and in relation to healthy lifestyles and choices. Referral forms can be obtained from Jamie Greer on 0151 666 3715. A young person (or their parent/carer on their behalf) seeking referral to the project should discuss this with their youth worker, teacher, social worker or family support worker, if applicable.
Respect Phoneline | W, M
0800 802 4040 (9am to 5pm, weekdays)
A confidential helpline, email and web chat service for perpetrators of domestic abuse looking for help to stop. The service helps male and female perpetrators, in heterosexual or same-sex relationships.
Wirral Spider Project | M, F
0151 647 7723 (9am to 5pm, weekdays)
The Spider Project is a creative arts and well-being recovery community project. The project helps build self-belief, increase confidence and make new friends. All of this strengthens ongoing recovery and keeps participants strong for what life throws their way.
Wirral Ways to Recovery | M, F, C
Wirral Ways to Recovery is a free and confidential drug and alcohol service for adults (including offenders), young adults, families, carers and affected others in Wirral.
Tomorrow’s Women Wirral | W
0151 647 7907 (9am to 4pm, weekdays)
A charity providing a supportive women-only environment to help women make positive changes at a pace that is right for them. Courses on anger and emotions management are available.
Wirral Integrated Offender Management (IOM) Unit | M, W
The Wirral Integrated Offender Management (IOM) Unit is a specialist multi-agency team that provides intensive support and challenge to offenders to help them address and reduce their behaviour and is known to have made a significant contribution to the reduction of acquisitive crime and violence in Wirral. Plans have been developed to use the same supportive approach to manage a cohort of domestic abuse perpetrators with an aim to achieve similar reductions in offending behaviour.
National Probation Service (NPS) | M, F
The National Probation Service (NPS) is a statutory criminal justice agency responsible for managing offenders who pose the highest risk of harm to the public and those who have committed the most serious offences. The NPS work in partnership with the Courts, Police, Health, Social Care and with private and voluntary sector partners. Offender Managers are involved throughout an offender's entire sentence when subject to custodial sentences, suspended sentences or Community Orders. Offender Managers work to rehabilitate and manage offenders safely and effectively and communicate with and prioritise the wellbeing of victims of serious sexual and violent offences.