Money raised to support those escaping domestic abuse
Cllr Cummings presents the money raised to Marie House
Wakefield Council is delighted to have raised £1,824.34 following the 16 days of action campaign to help end domestic violence and abuse.
Along with other partner organisations, the Council took part in events and activities aimed at highlighting the issue and supporting people to report domestic abuse.
The 16 days began on Sunday 25 November (international day of elimination of violence against women and girls) and ran until Monday 10 December, which was Human Rights Day.
The first fundraising event, bag packing in Asda, was held on 28 November to raise money for Marie House – a local refuge offering shelter to women and children who are escaping abuse.
In the Wakefield district around 710 incidents a month are reported to the police. In 2017/2018 there were 8,519 reported cases with 48% being repeats and in 28% of these cases children were present.
The Council has been accredited as a 'White Ribbon' district which recognises the work being done by the Council to raise awareness and the support available to victims and perpetrators.
Cllr Maureen Cummings, Wakefield Council's Cabinet Member for Environment and Communities, said: "It was fantastic to see so many people get involved in our fundraising activities and raise money for such an important cause.
"We want victims to know they are not alone and there is support available to help them break free from this cycle of violence and abuse.
"Money raised from the bag pack will be used in a variety of ways to help support those women and children living in the Refuge as a result of having to flee their homes because of domestic abuse.
"If you suspect someone is a victim, or if you are using abusive behaviour, then we can help. Please get in touch."
The Wakefield District Domestic Abuse Service is available for anyone who needs information or assistance against all forms of abuse from physical and emotional abuse, coercive and controlling behaviour to so-called honour based abuse and forced marriage.
Contact the service by calling 0800 915 1561 or visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/domesticabuse