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Last Updated: Friday, 16 December 2005, 08:09 GMT
Campaign to help violence victims
A new initiative to help victims of domestic violence is being launched by police in Lancashire.

The Domestic Violence Action Plan will be rolled out across the county to improve the way in which investigations are handled.

The plan, launched on Friday, follows a report into how Lancashire Police investigate this type of abuse.

Police said that during last year's festive period, they received more than 2,000 domestic violence-related calls.

This approach takes the pressure off the victim who will already be feeling vulnerable and confused
Acting Deputy Chief Constable Adrian McAllister

Additional funding has enabled Lancashire Police to buy 72 digital cameras which they will use to record any injuries or disruption when they first attend an incident.

Officers will also be given an information pack to ensure they obtain all the evidence required to press charges.

Lancashire's Acting Deputy Chief Constable Adrian McAllister said: "This approach takes the pressure off the victim who will already be feeling vulnerable and confused.

"The investigation pack has been piloted successfully in Blackpool and while these types of packs can mean extra paper work for officers, they could prevent a victim of domestic violence from becoming a murder statistic."

Police will run also a radio advertising and poster campaign encouraging victims of domestic violence to seek help.




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