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Thursday, 22 November, 2001, 06:42 GMT
Door opens on domestic violence
Crying girl
Similar plans in the USA have been effective
A new strategy to bring the problem of domestic violence out into the open has been announced in London.

Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London, will unveil a practical plan to address the crime, which affects one in four women at some point in their lives.

Mr Livingstone said: "Domestic violence is a crime that cannot be tolerated.

"Women need to feel confident that the state takes the problem seriously and the perpetrators need to know that they will be held to account.

Criminal act

"We can have CCTV cameras in every street, but what is the point if a woman gets home and is brutally assaulted or murdered once behind closed doors?

"We must bring the issue out into the open."

Mr Livingstone said the London Domestic Violence Strategy makes the perpetrators of domestic violence criminally responsible.

The strategy has been developed in partnership with the Association of London Government, the Metropolitan Police Service and a wide range of organisations.

Similar plans in the USA have been shown to be effective with domestic violence falling by 21% over a five-year period.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner John Grieve, head of the Metropolitan Police's Racial and Violent Crimes Taskforce, said: "This strategy is the result of years of hard work from a hugely dedicated group of people.

"We will do everything we can to support them. It has been part of our education process for dealing with domestic violence and will have an impact beyond this crime."

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