Police and Crime Commissioner announces extra £1million to help curb domestic violence

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson

West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner has announced funding of £1 million to help tackle domestic violence.

Mark Burns-Williamson made the funding pot available as the Association of Police Officers started a national week of action. The extra £1m will be used to reduce offending and support victims.

There are about 100 domestic abuse reports every day across West Yorkshire.

Mr Burns-Williamson said: “Domestic violence is a serious crime and it should not be tolerated. I believe increased awareness has led to increased reporting because victims know they will be supported.

“Abuse in the home can often be hidden but can have far reaching effects. Protecting those in most danger is the focus for those involved in policing, community safety and health.

“I am pleased to acknowledge the work that West Yorkshire Police is doing every day to raise awareness of the support available to victims and offenders, and would encourage anyone being subjected to abuse not to suffer in silence. That includes the introduction later this year of domestic violence protection orders which gives more powers to police and magistrates and demonstrates that we all take this issue seriously.”

A number of events are taking place across West Yorkshire during the ACPO In Focus domestic abuse week, which runs until Saturday.

Assistant Chief Constable Geoff Dodd said: “Domestic abuse is not confined to a particular neighbourhood or group.

"The abuse is often physical but it can also be controlling or coercive behaviour designed to make a victim feel subordinate or frightened. Physical and other abuse can often be triggered by the uncontrolled use of alcohol.

“We know that on average, a victim suffers abuse on 35 occasions before calling the police. I would encourage victims to step forward and seek support as soon as they can.

“Anyone with concerns for a family member, friend or colleague, are encouraged to call their safeguarding police unit on 101, or 999 in an emergency.”

A tweetathon starting at noon on Friday will give a snapshot of calls received by West Yorkshire Police related to domestic abuse over a 24-hour period.

Information and advice on support for those affected by domestic abuse will be tweeted.

The National Domestic Violence Helpline, run in partnership between Women’s Aid and Refuge, can be contacted 24 hours a day on 0808 8024040.

Details of local services are available at: westyorkshire.police.uk/domesticviolence.

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