VICTIMS of domestic violence make up more than one in five of all 999 calls to Merseyside police – the highest rate in the entire country.
Emergency services received 43,995 calls on domestic violence from April, 2010, to April this year – a staggering 21.2% of all 999 calls.
It comes as more than 100 people marched in Liverpool for International End Violence Against Women Day yesterday.
Karen, a volunteer for Liverpool Domestic Abuse Service, who was herself a victim of domestic abuse, said: “Events like this are really important in empowering women, in encouraging them to speak out.
“It helps women and girls in horrific situations realise that they don’t have to accept it as reality, they don’t have to put up with it.”
Charities and outreach groups met at St Luke’s Church, on Berry Street, and marched to Clayton Square.
Liverpool’s Lord Mayor, Cllr Sharon Sullivan, then addressed the crowd, pledging to do all she could to tackle men’s violence against women.
The city’s recently elected Police and Crime Commissioner Jane Kennedy, also spoke.