£300,000 to tackle domestic abuse

Chief Superintendent Angela Williams.
Chief Superintendent Angela Williams.

Local Government Minister Kris Hopkins announced that organisations in Calderdale will received £350,000 to tackle domestic abuse.

Calderdale Council working with West Yorkshire Police, Pennine Housing and the NHS locally is awarded the funds for its Transforming Domestic Abuse Services project.

The district commander for Calderdale, Chief Superintendent Angela Williams, said: “This grantwill help to redesign how West Yorkshire Police works with our partners to deliver domestic abuse services throughout Calderdale.

“The grant will be used to ensure our services are well coordinated and will put a new focus on how we manage the offenders of this terrible crime, who make their victim’s life a misery.

“We have already started to change how we deal with domestic abuse by setting up a specialist team in April this year. The team, led by Sgt Sally Fletcher, has gone from strength to strength, supporting victims and witnesses who have had the courage to come forward knowing that they will be supported. Our detection rates have risen significantly in recent months.

“This crime often happens behind closed doors and I would also like to take this opportunity to encourage anyone who is a victim not to suffer silently and to come to us so we can take action.”