WIRRAL beauticians will be given advice on spotting the signs of domestic abuse in order to help victims during a special training event next week.

Taking place on Monday night (September 23) from 6-8pm at Noubalm 46 in Christchurch Road, Oxton, the informal session, delivered by community group Involve North West, aims to raise awareness of the support that members of the community can provide to survivors of abuse, however big or small.

Funded by Wirral Council, it is the second event of its kind this year, delivered to hairdressers, beauticians and other small businesses aims to empower individuals to spot the signs of domestic abuse.

Jill Barr, domestic abuse consultant at Involve North West, who will run the session said: "Often, these are the people who may notice signs that somebody is acting differently, being abused, or they may even hear of instances of abuse.

"The session is about offering people the knowledge of how they can help and what support is available in Wirral, so that people do not feel scared or overwhelmed with the worry of supporting someone who may be in an abusive relationship.”

"This is about supporting small business owners in Wirral who may be worried about their employees experiencing domestic abuse.

"After all, domestic abuse is still one of the biggest causes for staff sickness, stress and loss of productivity in the workplace.”

Cllr Tom Usher, cabinet member for children, families and education and chair of the Wirral Domestic Abuse Alliance said: “The training is a great opportunity for raising awareness of the support that is available for people who are experiencing domestic abuse or worrying about someone who might be.

"The fact that it is being embraced by the community and the individuals who are signing up is testament to the support that’s out there in our Borough – and the people who are willing to reach out and help others.

"There are many council services and local charities who can provide assistance to survivors in Wirral.

"We want more people to know about them."

Monday's event, taking place from from 6-8pm is free to attend.

If you are interested in attending and would like more details, email Jill Barr at Involve Northwest via jillbarr@involvenorthwest.org.uk or phone on 07495797477.