Community Safety Partnership provides funding to tackle domestic abuse

11/01/2018, PR8727

​Domestic abuse services in the district are set to benefit from a £25,000 grant from Wakefield Community Safety Partnership (CSP) to support children who have been exposed to domestic abuse.

During 2016/17 there were on average 628 domestic abuse incidents reported to the police each month, within the Wakefield district. Children were present at almost a third of these incidents.

Wakefield CSP has made the grant to Wakefield Council's Domestic Abuse Service so it can action a national initiative, Operation Encompass, which provides greater support to children who have witnessed abuse at home.

Cllr Maureen Cummings
Cllr Maureen Cummings

Cllr Maureen Cummings, Chairperson of the Wakefield CSP, which brings together partner organisations to improve outcomes for residents, said: "We know that domestic abuse is widespread and one in four women and one in six men will be affected by it in their lifetime. Sadly, children are often the hidden victims of domestic abuse but this grant will make a difference in supporting children, who have witnessed abuse and help them deal with the trauma they've experienced."

The grant will pay for a worker to deliver Operation Encompass in the district which enables key agencies to safeguard and support children and young people. It includes reporting to schools the next day that a child or young person has been involved in a domestic incident the night before. This will mean that school staff are available to provide relevant and tailored support immediately after the incident.

Operation Encompass also aims to encourage early intervention and tackles cultural and social acceptance of domestic abuse.

Wakefield CSP has also approved of £4,631 to fund a youth worker for the Stripes group, which gives support to young, lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people in the district.

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