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Last Updated: Thursday, 25 August 2005, 17:44 GMT 18:44 UK
Personal alarms for abuse victims
Victims of domestic abuse in an area of Derbyshire are being offered personal and home safety alarms.

North East Derbyshire District has launched the project with the area's community safety partnership.

The alarms will be linked to the council's 'Carecall' telephone monitoring system, where trained officers will offer advice.

Project leaders said it hoped it would help victims feel less vulnerable after leaving violent partners.

Councillor Geoff Butler said: "Violence is one of the few areas of crime where we are not experiencing a reduction.

"Roughly a half of violent crime is domestic in nature, and we, working with the police and other agencies, are determined to reduce it.

"This project is one of number of actions we are taking, to this end."

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