Domestic abuse

Centre 56 is a domestic abuse charity in the heart of North Liverpool.

We put the children first. We provide childcare, information and support for women and children who have suffered, or are at risk of domestic abuse or a crisis situation.


Domestic abuse

If you are experiencing abuse and require urgent advice, contact the National Women’s Aid free helpline on 0808 2000 247 (available 24 hours a day, seven days a week) or the Men’s Advice Line on 0808 801 0327.

If it is an emergency, please call 999.


What is domestic abuse?

Domestic abuse is an incident (or multiple incidents) of controlling, coercive, threatening, degrading or violent behaviour including sexual violence.

Most cases involve a partner or ex-partner, but it can also be by a family member or carer.

Domestic abuse can include:

  • Coercive control: a pattern of intimidation, degradation, isolation and control with the use or threat of violence
  • Psychological or emotional abuse
  • Physical or sexual abuse
  • Financial abuse
  • Harassment and stalking
  • Online abuse.


Recognising domestic abuse

Every situation is different but there are common behaviours that, once acknowledged, can be a step towards preventing and stopping abuse:

  • Destructive criticism
  • Pressure tactics
  • Being disrespectful to you
  • Breaking your trust
  • Making you feel isolated
  • Harassing you
  • Threatening you
  • Sexual violence
  • Physical violence
  • Denial.

Visit the Women’s Aid website for more information about recognising domestic abuse.


Supporting children

The small team of staff and volunteers at Centre 56 are trained and have years of experience in supporting children who have been affected by domestic abuse.

We understand how domestic abuse has an impact on children. Whether they’ve witnessed or have been abused themselves, we see children as victims who need support to help them develop and recover. That is why our childcare is tailored to meet the needs of each individual child.

We allocate spaces for our nursery and after-school club depending on need. Visit the Criteria page for more information.

Visit the Childcare page for more information about our nursery and after-school club.


Supporting families

Centre 56 provides support for parents and families too. Visit our Support page for full information about what we do.

Centre 56 supports people like Sevilay, who after enduring six years of abuse, is now employed, supporting her children and living a happy, independent life. You can read Sevilay’s full story here.


Crisis situation

Centre 56 also offers support to families who have been in a crisis situation. This includes:

  • Families who are homeless or living in temporary accommodation
  • Families affected by mental health problems or addiction
  • Isolated refugee families who lack of support in the UK
  • Families affected by serious illness or disability
  • Families affected by bereavement
  • A parent or sibling is in prison
  • Isolated single parents.

We allocated spaces for our nursery and after-school club depending on need. Visit the Criteria page for more information.

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