West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner in Christmas domestic abuse message (11 Dec 2015)

DA PosterWith domestic violence and abuse traditionally increasing during the Christmas and New Year period, the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson has given his support to a campaign to help tackle it.

Posters reminding people involved in domestic violence and abuse that it affects the wider family - and children in particular - have gone out to police and staff across West Yorkshire Police to distribute in local communities.

The posters use the message: 'Domestic abuse affects your children too! Make things better this Christmas. It's never too late to change' with the idea that whether the parent is a victim or an offender, they should make things better for their children by seeking help to escape the situation (if a victim) or change their behaviour (if an offender)

The posters also carry details of the 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline and the help for victims website (https://www.helpforvictims.co.uk/)
Mark Burns-Williamson, said:

"There is no excuse for domestic violence or abuse and those involved in it need to stop and think about what they are doing and the consequences of their actions on those around them - especially children.

"The posters send out a clear message that it is never too late for change and that there is help and support available for everyone."

West Yorkshire Police did the design work for the posters and are delivering the message via their social media platforms.

The PCC has also released a video which talks about the harm of domestic violence and abuse and how it is important everyone does their bit to help reduce it.

On Monday 7 December the PCC launched the new Choices service (referred to as the Domestic Violence Perpetrator programme).

The Police and Crime Commissioner invested £1million in the innovative new project which is being run by the social care and health charity, CRI in partnership with the PCC.

Choices is working with statutory and voluntary partners to directly support victims of domestic abuse and violence and those committing the crime.

Choices uses highly trained staff to identify and address the root causes of the issues and there will also be a Victim Co-ordinator to ensure victims are kept informed and updated at every stage of the work that is done. To contact Choices ring 0113 2192417. Or visit their website:
http://www.cri.org.uk/content/west-yorkshire-domestic-abuse-perpetrator-service-choices)

For further information visit www.westyorkshire.police.uk/domesticabuse for more information. Or go to www.helpforvictims.co.uk 

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