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Police launch campaign to tackle domestic abuse

West Yorkshire Police have today launched a week long campaign highlighting the issue of domestic abuse.

Domestic Abuse week runs until Saturday to raise awareness of the support available to both victims and offenders and to offer multi-agency training in recognising and responding to domestic abuse

West Yorkshire Police officers are called to an average of 100 domestic abuse reports every day. Domestic abuse can occur in any relationship regardless of age, sex, class or race.

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 our support and the support of partners as soon as they can. This In Focus week is to raise awareness of this crime and to demonstrate, in very practical ways, how those that suffer from abuse can be safeguarded and how determined West Yorkshire police are to identify, track down and deal with offenders.

– Assistant Chief Constable Geoff Dodd