Wakefield Council improves domestic abuse services in the district

​Date: 16/09/2015
Ref: PR 5063

Residents will find it easier to access Wakefield Council's domestic abuse services in the district from Monday 21 September.

The Wakefield District Domestic Abuse Service will now deliver support for those experiencing domestic abuse from seven hub locations across the district rather than one location, making it easier for people to access localised support. The hubs will operate in Castleford, Featherstone, Havercroft, Hemsworth, Pontefract and Wakefield.

Cllr Maureen Cummings, Cabinet Member for Environment and Communities, said:
"We are fully committed to working with our partners to tackle domestic abuse. This improved service will ensure that services are joined up with our partner agencies, so that both victims and perpetrators can get the help and support they need.

"No-one should ever be subjected to any kind of abuse at home or anywhere else. We are aware that domestic abuse is under-reported in our district so we have made it easier for people to get in touch with us. Having seven hubs across the district will ensure that more people will have access to localised support.

"If you, or someone you know, is a victim of abuse please report it."

The changes follow a review of the previous service commissioned by the Community Safety Partnership which showed that more localised support was needed, with intervention happening at an earlier stage.

The service will support all forms of domestic abuse, including physical abuse, emotional abuse, coercive and controlling behaviour, honour based violence, FGM (female genital mutilation) and forced marriage.

To contact the Wakefield District Domestic Abuse Service call 0800 915 1561 or visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/domesticabuse  

The hubs will be located at:
Five Towns Centre, Castleford, Welbeck Street, WF10 1DP
Chesney's, Regent Street, Featherstone, WF8 5EW
Municipal Buildings, Headlands Road, Pontefract, WF8 1BE
Platform One, Wakefield Road, Hemsworth, WF9 4AB
City Limits, Thornhill Street, Wakefield, WF1 1NL
Caldervale Road, Unit 21 Greens Industrial Park, Caldervale Road, WF1 5PH
Havercroft Hub, Cow Lane, Havercroft, WF4 2BE