A CAMPAIGN via social media to raise awareness of domestic violence by adding white ribbon to people’s Twitter and Facebook pages has proved a success.
Almost 100 people added their support to St Helens Council’s campaign by adding the ribbon including Hollyoaks actress Lizzie Roper.
The white ribbon campaign encourages men to take a stand against violence towards women.
Councillor Richard McCauley who oversees community safety said: “Domestic abuse isn't just physical.
“Research suggests that many women aren't aware of this sort of controlling behaviour.”
The council also raised the White Ribbon flag over the town hall throughout Valentine week to underline its support.
Although there is no statistical evidence to show an increase in domestic violence around Valentine’s Day there are several factors in play that can create problems, such as high expectations and financial stress.
Last year there were 700 incidents of domestic violence reported to police in St Helens just in November and December.
For help and support regarding domestic violence or abuse contact the Independent Domestic Violence Advocate on 01744 743200 or Helena 24 hour refuge & support on 01925 220541 You can also visit thisisabuse.direct.gov.uk/