Council launches campaign against domestic violence with 16 days of action
16 Days of Action cycla-thon
A national campaign
to end domestic violence is being backed by Wakefield Council, and other
partner organisations, from across the district. Wakefield has been accredited
as a ‘White Ribbon’ district which recognises the great work the Council and
partners have done in preventing violence against women and supporting those
who are victims.
One in four women and one in six men experience abuse at home at some stage of
To highlight and challenge this, a campaign called 16 days of action was
launched in the Wakefield district on Saturday (25 November). Saturday also
marked the International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women.
Yesterday (Monday 27 November), an eight-hour cycla-thon is taking place at
Wakefield One where male participants showed their support in breaking the
cycle of domestic abuse. Players from Wakefield Trinity took part to show their
support, as did Cllr Richard Forster and Antony Sadler, the Council’s White
Ribbon Ambassadors. Information was available about the Wakefield District
Domestic Abuse Service and the White Ribbon Campaign.
Cummings, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Communities,
said: “Unfortunately domestic abuse is a big issue in our district, more so
than many people may realise. We want to make everyone aware that this kind of
behaviour is totally unacceptable and will not be tolerated. These 16 days of
action are about bringing our partners together to work closely to help raise
awareness of the issue and show people where they can go for help and support.
“We want victims to report incidents and be aware that support is available to
them. But we also want to encourage perpetrators to also seek our help and
support to change their behaviour.”
Other events and activities are taking place across the district to highlight
domestic abuse to residents, voluntary groups and other professionals.
Organisations taking part include West Yorkshire Police, West Yorkshire Fire
and Rescue Service, Wakefield and District Housing, West Yorkshire CRC, Public Health,
Youth Services and other voluntary and community organisations.
The 16 days of action campaign ends on Sunday 10 December which is Human Rights
The Wakefield District Domestic Abuse Service 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