Saints fan has message off to a tee
Nearly 150 St.Helens residents have joined Saints star
Paul Wellens in an online pledge to say 'no' to domestic
And for one of them - avid Saints fan David Williams -
it turned out to be a commitment well worth making. It was his name
that was pulled out of the hat to win an exclusive tee-shirt signed
by the club skipper.
David, currently serving with the armed forces, said:
"It's good to see people stand up for what's right."
The online pledge was the latest initiative launched
by St.Helens Council and its community safety partners to raise
awareness of domestic violence.
St.Helens Council's Cabinet Member for Environmental
Protection and Safer Communities, Councillor Richard McCauley said:
"Domestic violence and abuse are still very much under reported in
St Helens. In fact most cases are never reported.
"Often people may not even realise they are a victim.
It's not always physical abuse - it can take the form of threats,
harassment, controlling behaviour, financial and emotional
"That's why it's so important that we continue to
raise awareness of the crime, to encourage victims to come forward
and abusers to realise what they are doing is wrong. We have been
so pleased to have Saints on board, supporting the campaign."
If you or someone you know are suffering from domestic
violence and abuse there is support available:
Independent Domestic Violence Advocates (IDVA)
- 01744 743200
Help and support for victims - independent of
Merseyside Police and social services.
Helena Extra 24 hour Domestic Violence
Helpline - 01925 220541
Emergency refuge accommodation and 24 hour advice and
Family Crime Investigation Unit - 0151 777
Specialist family crime unit within Merseyside
Visit www.safersthelens.org.uk/pledges to sign the pledge
against domestic violence.