Be free from fear - report domestic abuse
Ten waste collection trucks have been emblazoned with the contact details for the Wakefield District Domestic Abuse Service – just as England’s games get underway in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Wakefield Council is encouraging anyone suffering domestic abuse to reach out for support, especially as incidents have been known to increase during major football events.
On the day of the first England game during Euro 2016, police were called to 185 domestic abuse incidents, compared to 152 incidents the Saturday before the tournament. The day of the final match between Portugal and France there were 204 reports of domestic abuse to West Yorkshire Police.
Cllr Maureen Cummings Cabinet Member for Environment and Communities said: “Unfortunately during major sporting events we have seen an increase in domestic violence. Whatever the score, there is absolutely no excuse for domestic abuse and people do not need to live in fear.
“There is help available and anyone experiencing domestic abuse can get the support they need.
“Our waste trucks cover the entire district and are just one way of us getting the message out there. If you need help please get in touch on 0800 915 1561 – our teams are ready to help you. If you are in immediate danger, I urge you to call 999. The police will support you and take all reports of this nature very seriously.”
Anyone can experience domestic abuse, any age, social background, education level, working or unemployed, any ethnic background, married, single, same sex partnerships, any level of physical ability, with or without children. And anyone can be a perpetrator of abuse.
For more information about support Wakefield District Domestic Abuse Service visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/domesticabuse