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Domestic violence scheme extended
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There has been a 70% rise in domestic violence in five years
A pilot programme in north Devon which helps abusive men curb their violent behaviour and supports families is to be rolled out across the county.

The aim of the Resolved to Ending Power and Abuse Relationships (Repair) project is to persuade men to come forward voluntarily and ask for help.

The Against Domestic Violence and Abuse in Devon partnership will set up units in Exeter, Barnstaple and south Devon.

It has been awarded a government grant of 600,000 to help finance the move.

Growing problem

The programme works with men who carry out domestic abuse, and their partners or ex-partners.

There has been a 70% rise in domestic violence incidents in Devon in five years to 14,500 last year, according to police figures.

On average, about 40% of all murders in the county are incidents of domestic violence.

The partnership was set up in the county about three years ago to help tackle the growing problem.

The annual cost of dealing with domestic violence in Devon in 2003 was believed to be about 18m.

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