Suspects implicated in domestic abuse offences within the Kirklees region are currently under pursuit by law enforcement as part of a dedicated week of action aimed at enhancing the safety of women and girls.

Kirklees Police has collaborated with counterparts across West Yorkshire Police to initiate a series of strategic operations marking a national week dedicated to mitigating violence against women and girls, commencing on March 4.

Members of the District’s Catch and Control IOM team are actively mobilizing across Kirklees to apprehend wanted suspects, while neighbourhood policing teams are set to organize safety events at schools, colleges, transport hubs, and retail establishments to engage with women.

In Huddersfield town centre, night marshals will be deployed to provide reassurance and support to women and girls navigating the night-time economy.

Throughout the week, various activities are planned in Kirklees, including informative sessions with students at Kirklees College to raise awareness of personal safety. Moreover, the location of numerous Safe Zones, now operational in the district, will be highlighted.

On Thursday, March 7, crime prevention staff from Kirklees Police will host an event at the Ashbrow Asda to promote Safe Zones. These designated areas offer a refuge where women and children can seek assistance if they feel threatened, providing support until the perceived risk subsides or they can make necessary calls.

With over 240 Safe Zones operating in Huddersfield, Dewsbury, Mirfield, and beyond, staff undergo specialized training to offer initial support to those seeking help. The zones are easily identifiable by the distinctive Safe Zone sticker, and the training is provided by partners such as Kirklees Police, Kirklees Council, and the charity Barnardo’s.

Ongoing safeguarding initiatives in Kirklees include the Night Safety Bus, introduced in Huddersfield in 2022, as well as support for campaigns like Ask Angela. Over the winter period, additional patrols were conducted to heighten the police presence during nights out.

Law enforcement also collaborates closely with partners to conduct licensing checks on pubs, bars, and taxis.

DCI Lee Fletcher of Kirklees District Police said: “A significant amount of work continues in Kirklees to make women and girls safer and this week of action is a valuable opportunity to raise awareness of the issue of women’s safety in our communities

“Our Catch and Control officers are engaged in proactive operations across the District to locate and arrest wanted domestic violence offenders, and I want to it very clear that any form of violent act towards females here in Kirklees will not be tolerated.

“A key part of making our communities safer is of course also to prevent crime from ever taking place, and we have a wide range of activity ongoing with partners to provide safety education and advice for women and girls in a variety of settings.

“Our well-established activity to boost safety in the night-time economy is also continuing with initiatives such as more Street Marshall patrols and planned licensing checks.”

He added: “Reducing violence against women remains an overwhelming priority for the District and the force more widely and we strongly urge anyone who has been a victim of violent offending, including domestic abuse, and who hasn’t come forward to do so.”