Wakefield Trinity and Castleford Tigers players join campaign to end domestic abuse

Castleford Tigers v Wakefield Trinity.
Castleford Tigers v Wakefield Trinity.

Wakefield Trinity and Castleford Tigers players will join in an eight-hour cyclathon as part of a campaign to end domestic violence.

The men will get on their bikes at Wakefield One on Monday in support of breaking the cycle of domestic abuse.

Coun Maureen Cummings

Coun Maureen Cummings

One in four women and one in six men experience abuse at home at some stage in their lives. A nationwide 16 Days of Action campaign will launch in the district on Saturday - the International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women - to highlight and challenge this.

Coun Maureen Cummings, Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for environment and communities, said: “Unfortunately domestic abuse is a big issue in our district, more so than many people may realise.

“We want to make everyone aware that this kind of behaviour is totally unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

“These 16 days of action are about bringing our partners together to work closely to help raise awareness of the issue and show people where they can go for help and support.

“We want victims to report incidents and be aware that support is available to them. But we also want to encourage perpetrators to also seek our help and support to change their behaviour.”

Information about the district’s domestic abuse service and the White Ribbon campaign, which aims to put a stop to male violence against women, will be available throughout the action period, with various events and activities.