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Police launch domestic abuse unit

Distressed woman
Strathclyde Police received more than 24,000 domestic abuse calls last year.

Scotland's first domestic abuse task force has been set up by Strathclyde Police.

A team of 18 specialist officers will target persistent offenders identified as presenting the highest risk of harm to their families.

The unit, based at Pollokshaws Police Office in Glasgow, will also provide protection and support for victims.

It will use "intelligence gathering, surveillance capabilities and family liaison" to tackle the problem.

Strathclyde Police said it had recorded a "year-on-year increase" in domestic violence calls.

'Criminal behaviour'

The force responded to more than 27,000 incidents between April 2008 and March 2009 - and more than 24,000 last year.

Chief Constable Stephen House said: "This is a horrendous number of calls, but to me it indicates that those who suffer abuse are now more confident, more comfortable and more assured when contacting the police.

"Violent crime is not acceptable and neither should domestic abuse be.

"Tackling this criminal behaviour will always be a priority for the force."

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