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Minister examines abuse project
Domestic abuse
The new strategy hopes to help anyone suffering abuse
A domestic abuse strategy being pioneered in south west Scotland has received a ministerial visit.

Children's Minister Adam Ingram was in Dumfries to see the pathfinder project being piloted in the region before being taken across Scotland.

The scheme aims to improve support from a range of agencies for victims of domestic abuse and their children.

The council, police, social services and health board are all involved in the project.

The Dumfries scheme is one of four across the country which is piloting the approach.

It is our policy that abusers who are charged as a result of a domestic abuse incident will be arrested, detained in custody and appear at court
Det Insp Colin Blackley

It is part of the Scottish Government plan Getting It Right For Every Child.

Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary dealt with 1,241 recorded incidents of domestic abuse in 2007.

It said research had shown that a victim could be subject to up to 35 previous incidents before approaching the police for help.

A child is often in the same room or nearby while the abuse takes place.

The police hope the new scheme will influence the way all agencies assist the victims of domestic abuse.

Acting Det Insp Colin Blackley stressed: "What will not change is the strong police response to reports of domestic abuse.

"It is our policy that abusers who are charged as a result of a domestic abuse incident will be arrested, detained in custody and appear at court."

'Serious consequences'

Health officials have also said they are aware of the impact such abuse can have.

NHS Dumfries and Galloway Chief Executive John Burns said research had shown that women who had been abused were more likely to attempt suicide, abuse alcohol or drugs, and be diagnosed as depressed.

He said it could also have "serious consequences" for the health of children.

It is hoped the pathfinder scheme can help tackle those issues.

Deputy Chief Constable George Graham said the project aimed to ensure everyone affected got the "help, assistance and protection" they needed.

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