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New domestic violence partnership

Victims of domestic abuse in London are to get quicker access to specialist support following the creation of a new partnership.

The Metropolitan Police has teamed up with the National Centre for Domestic Violence to ensure reported cases are immediately referred to the charity.

The NCDV offers legal support and has secured 20,000 injunctions.

The Metropolitan Police said there were more than 110,000 reported incidents of domestic violence in London last year.

The charity can get an injunction within 24 hours, which is a free service, available to men and women.

Without it, anyone seeking an emergency injunction needs to seek a solicitor, leaving many people unable to get help because solicitors tend mainly to see those who are eligible for public funding or able to pay privately.

The Metropolitan Police said between September 2007 to September 2008 there were 52,881 domestic crimes committed, and 51,891 in the same period the previous year.



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