Wildcats help men take steps to tackle domestic violence

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Wakefield Trinity Wildcats are backing a Twitter campaign to promote a male-only service to help tackle domestic violence.

The Strength to Change programme estimates 9,913 people in the Wakefield district suffered from physical, sexual or emotional abuse at the hands of their partner last year.

It aims to reduce that number by working with the perpetrators, who are mainly male, to get them to change their behaviour.

The Super League club has urged its supporters to use the #9913 hashtag to promote the free service.

It helped to launch the social media campaign at the home game against Leeds Rhinos last month, when players wore Strength to Change shirts.

Martin Hopkins, Wildcats’ commercial manager, said: “We are delighted to be able to back such an admirable campaign. Being a club, family and a community is at the heart of what we do and this is another way we can work together.

“By supporting the campaign we hope to speak out to a large number and make people think twice about how they can help others find the ‘Strength to Change’.”

Castleford Tigers and Featherstone Rovers have also backed the campaign, which reaches out to men through sports venues and pubs.

Strength to Change is a joint venture between the NHS and Wakefield Council.

Coun Maureen Cummings, Community Safety Partnership chairwoman said: “Strength to Change is all about communities working together to help people access the right kind of information, advice and support.

“We want to stress that there is a local anonymous service and people who do find the courage to come forward will not be judged.

“What they will receive is targeted, specialist support that could have a positive impact on them and their families.”

To speak to Strength to Change, call 0808 802 4040 or visit the organisation’s website, www.wakefieldstrength.org