Support and 1million pound grant pledged to victims of domestic violence in national week of action (4 Mar 2014)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner has announced funding of £1million for local authorities and partners to help tackle the issue of domestic violence.

Mark Burns-Williamson made the funding pot available as the Association of Police Officers (ACPO)announced a national week of action this week to tackle the issue which sees an average of 100 domestic abuse reports every day across West Yorkshire.

The extra £1m has been allocated to achieve shared outcomes around reductions in offending and supporting victims of domestic violence and serious sexual offences and will be available to Councils and Community Safety partners.

The Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC) have joined Chief Constables to support the week-long ACPO campaign to raise awareness of domestic violence and highlight new schemes that give the police additional powers to protect victims. The campaign runs from today (TUE) to Saturday. (Mar 8).

Mr Burns-Williamson said: "Domestic violence is a serious and violent crime that is of particular concern to people and partners across West Yorkshire and it should not be tolerated by anyone.

"That is why, along with my fellow Police and Crime Commissioners, I am supporting this national week of action by ACPO to tackle the issue and raise awareness. I understand the need to create an environment where domestic abuse is not tolerated and 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. I take this issue so seriously that I have agreed this funding of £1million with councils and community safety partners.

"Because of its seriousness and the implications it can have for victims' and children's health and wellbeing, protecting those in most danger is rightly 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, and specifically this week, 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, which has a huge impact on peoples' lives, seriously."

For help and advice on the issue of domestic violence call the Police on 101 and ask for the Police Safeguarding Unit.

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