A HUNDRED balloons were released at Lockwood Park as a symbol of women affected by domestic violence in Kirklees.
Police in Kirklees recorded almost 6,000 cases of domestic violence last year.
To raise awareness of the plight of these women, Kirklees Safer Communities Partnership is holding 16 consecutive days of action.
Clr Anne Raistrick, the partnership's chairwoman, said: "These 16 days are marked all over the world in an attempt to end violence against women. We're taking action to make sure that victims don't suffer in silence."
Philip Birch, principal community safety officer, said: "The vast majority of incidents don't get reported.
"In some cases a report is made, but often a long time after the incident has taken place - up to seven years in some cases.
"This is something we must change."
The Kirklees campaign is the first in the region to back the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence campaign.
The campaign is supported in more than 90 countries across the world.
The partnership is also considering other groups affected by domestic violence, such as children.