Sixteen days of Action - campaign launched against domestic violence

​Date:22/11/2016

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A national campaign to end domestic violence is being backed by Wakefield Council and partner organisations from across the district.

One in four women and one in six men experience abuse at home, at some stage of their lives, and to highlight and challenge this – a campaign called 16 Days of Action is being launched on November 25.

Cllr Maureen Cummings,  Wakefield Council's Cabinet Member for Environment and Communities and Chair of Wakefield's Community Safety Partnership said: "Domestic violence is more commonplace than many people may realise. We do not tolerate this kind of behaviour in this district and we want to make it very clear this is totally unacceptable.

"We want victims to report incidents, and we also want to encourage perpetrators to seek help and support to change their behaviour.

"We are making progress with more people seeking help through the Wakefield Domestic  Abuse Service but more needs to be done. One organisation alone cannot tackle such a serious issue. This why it is essential that individuals and partners all continue to work together, to raise awareness and educate people about this."

Events are taking place across the district to highlight domestic violence to students, women's groups and professionals. 

West Yorkshire Fire Fighters will support the campaign by wearing white ribbon 'blue light' badges, which symbolise a commitment to end domestic violence. A conference about partnership working to tackle domestic abuse, is being held at the Police Training School, Carr Gate, Wakefield on December 9.

Information about domestic abuse is also being displayed in Jobs Centres across the district to raise awareness.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue District Commander Tim Jones, said: "Wakefield district work closely with our partners at Wakefield Council to highlight the issues of domestic abuse. Wakefield district firefighters along with our Community Safety Partnership colleagues are promoting the White Ribbon Campaign to 'End male violence to women'. From November 25 to December 9 partners will be undertaking 16 days of action across the district."

People are also being asked during the campaign to make a pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about domestic violence.

The campaign starts on November 25 which is International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women. The campaign ends on December 10 which is Human Rights Day.

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