This service support victims of domestic abuse and harmful practices, such as so-called 'honour'-based abuse, forced marriages and female genital mutilation within the Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community.
This service is delivered by Savera UK, who help protect and support those who are at risk or affected by harmful practices.
National research indicates that the reporting rate for such crime is as low as 5%.
The primary aim of the service is to help the victim cope and recover from their experience, and to raise awareness of such practices within Merseyside.
Savera help to address the survivors physical and mental health needs, particular in instances where women and girls have undergone FGM/C, FM, HBV, and Emerging Harmful Practice, for example breast ironing and child abuse linked to faith or belief.
The service also supports the victim’s family / support network when it is safe to do so.
They also work to help survivors to rebuild their lives.
By providing emotional and practical support, they help survivors to gain economic independence and move forward into their future with confidence.