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Police expand domestic violence support scheme

Leicestershire Police has expanded a scheme to support victims of domestic violence in the county.

The scheme, launched by the force in the Braunstone area of Leicester last year, involves a domestic violence toolbox, which contains information leaflets, a personal attack alarm and a pay-as-you-go mobile phone.

Advisers and other professionals who help victims are given the toolbox which they can then pass on to those needing support.

The scheme is now being rolled out to support victims in the Saffron Lane Estate.

Leicestershire Police offer this toolbox to victims of domestic violence Credit: Leicestershire Police

“The domestic violence scheme has been rolled out in other parts of the city and I thought it would benefit the key workers and professionals on the Saffron Lane Estate that regularly come into contact with victims of domestic abuse.

“The aim of the scheme is to identify individuals who need support early on and to signpost them to the relevant agency. The toolboxes will be given to local organisations and placed in key locations on the estate, such as housing offices, and community centres. That way if an organisation comes into contact with someone suffering from domestic abuse they will have the toolbox to hand ready to assist them.

“The scheme will hopefully be expanded to cover the Eyres Monsell and the rest of the Welford Road policing area in the near future.”

– Sergeant Darren Little, Leicestershire Police

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