The First Step (previously KDVSS – Knowsley Domestic Violence Support Services) opened in 1996 and is the only Knowsley agency whose sole focus is domestic abuse.
We are very proud of the fact that our services are based on research with the Knowsley community as to what they wanted or needed if they were affected by domestic abuse. It is the findings of this research that has driven the development of our services.
Taking our lead from the Knowsley community we have been working to increase awareness of domestic abuse, increase the provision of services and encourage initiatives aimed at the prevention of domestic abuse since we started. We have developed victim/survivor work, support work with children and young people and behavioural change work with male perpetrators. We have opened and developed Knowsley’s first women and children’s refuge, as well as a community based centre called the First Step.
A time line of our achievements is available by clicking here