Council committed to tackling domestic abuse

Date: 27/1/2015



Members of Wakefield Council's Cabinet are to discuss plans to reduce domestic abuse - by working more closely with partners to tackle the root causes of the crime.

Domestic abuse is one of the main causes of violence in the district and councillors meeting on February 3, will consider a report looking at how best to protect vulnerable people.

Councillor Maureen Cummings, Cabinet Member for Environment and Communities, said: "No-one should ever be subjected to any kind of abuse at home or anywhere else.

"We are fully committed to working with our partners to tackle domestic abuse. One of our aims is to ensure that services are joined up, so that victims get the help and support they need."

Councillors will discuss two reports –The Community Safety Plan and the Domestic Abuse Strategy.

Key points include a commitment to tackle a culture of acceptance of domestic abuse, the underlying causes and to provide the right support to victims.

More work is also needed on how prevent abuse in the home, to halt a cycle of harm occurring within families.

Councillors are being asked to note the findings of the reports.