Working together to tackle honour based violence
Wakefield Council has brought together partners to make sure they are working closely together to tackle honour based violence in the district.
The Council, the Police, Wakefield District Domestic Abuse Services (WDDAS), the LSCB (Local Safeguarding Children's Board) and the Adult Safeguarding Board came together during the same week as the National Day of Memory for Victims of Honour Based Violence, which takes place on 14 July.
The Council is working in partnership with Third Sector organisations, schools and communities themselves to help tackle the issues of honour based abuse and encourage people affected to get the support they need.
Cllr Maureen Cummings, Chair of the Community Safety Partnership and Wakefield Council's Cabinet Member for Environment and Communities, said: "Domestic abuse services in the district are aware honour based violence and forced marriage are under reported nationally, including in the district. We want to make sure that people are aware that support is available. Our message to victims of abuse is not to suffer in silence, please contact us for help and support.
"By regularly bringing our partners together like this, we can continue to work closely in our communities to make sure that we can identify people at risk of becoming potential victims, so we can stop this crime from happening to them. It is important that there is greater awareness of the support that is available so we can put a stop to honour based abuse."
Launched at the meeting will be a new short video about Forced Marriage, funded by the Community Safety Partnership. Watch the video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvLvohL9btQ
Cllr Cummings added: "We hope the video will help those affected realise that they are victims, but that help is available. We hope it will signpost many more people to the service we offer."
The Wakefield District Domestic Abuse Service is available seven days a week. 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.
The service has specialist domestic abuse practitioners to identify and assess risk and create personal support and safety plans for victims. It offers housing advice and options including refuge and sanctuary, support through legal and criminal proceedings, one to one support sessions and referrals into other support services for the victim and family. WDDAS also work with partner agencies to deliver emotional support and counselling and perpetrator support.
To contact the Wakefield District Domestic Abuse Service call 0800 915 1561 or visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/domesticabuse
Or Karma Nirvana provide specialist help, visit www.karmanirvana.org.uk or call 0800 5999247.