Wakefield Council awarded White Ribbon Status

​Date: 24/11/2015

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Wakefield Council has been awarded White Ribbon Status in recognition of the work it does to support those affected by domestic abuse.

The White Ribbon campaign is an international campaign to stop domestic violence against women. It was created by a group of men who wanted to end violence against women.

To be awarded the status, the Council has demonstrated its continued commitment to raising awareness of domestic abuse and supporting those to help end it. The campaign enables men to make a pledge to never condone violence against women or stand by when they know it is happening.

Cllr Richard Forster is recognised as one of Wakefield's Ambassadors for the White Ribbon Campaign. Cllr Forster said: "We are delighted to have been awarded White Ribbon status as part of our work to tackle domestic abuse in the district.

" We'll continue to work with local community groups, sports clubs and Academies to help support those who are affected by abuse."

Cllr Maureen Cummings, chairman of the Community Safety Partnership for the Wakefield district, which brings together organisations to improve outcomes for residents said: "We want everyone in the district to be free from fear and ask anyone who is aware of any abuse taking place to report it. Help and support is available."

The improved Wakefield Domestic Abuse Service is officially launched this Wednesday (25 November) to coincide with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

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.

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
More about the White Ribbon campaign is available at www.whiteribboncampaign.co.uk