Working together to tackle domestic abuse
Ref: PR 8431
Wakefield Council has brought together partners to make sure they are ready to respond to incidents of domestic abuse over the festive period.
To reiterate their commitment to work together to tackle domestic abuse, the Council held a conference with partners including The Police and West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and community groups including the Samaritans and Karma Nirvana.
One in four women and one in six men experience abuse at home, at some stage of their lives and reports of domestic abuse incidents often increase over the Christmas period.
Cllr Maureen Cummings, Chair of the Community Safety Partnership and the Council's Cabinet Member for Environment and Communities, said: "We are committed to working together to tackle domestic abuse in our district. It will not be tolerated, and by taking this pro-actively partnership approach we can make sure that people can access the help and support that they need.
"Unfortunately, reports of incidents do rise over the festive season. That is why we are confirming our commitment now to show that the support is ready and available when people need it the most."
Jayne James, Director of Wakefield and District Samaritans, said: "Both suicide and domestic violence are society-wide issues and we need a joined up approach to help save more lives. We welcome the 16 Days of Action initiative and hope that the message will reach anyone at risk – you don't need to suffer in silence, there are sources of support."
The conference also marked the end of the Council's 16 Days of Action campaign which involved various awareness raising activities including information stands, briefings in schools and training sessions for staff that work with victims and offenders.
Cllr Cummings added: "We have had a fantastic response to our campaign. Over 1,000 people across the district have made pledges throughout the 16 days of action to never commit, condone or remain silent about domestic abuse. This will go a long way to raising awareness of the campaign and how people can access help and support."
The Wakefield District Domestic Abuse Service is available seven days a week, including over the Christmas and New Year period. It offers support for all forms of domestic abuse, including physical abuse, emotional abuse, coercive and controlling behaviour, so-called honour based abuse and forced marriage.
To contact the Wakefield District Domestic Abuse Service call 0800 915 1561 or visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/domesticabuse