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Cardiff's violence reduction scheme is exported

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A pioneering scheme developed in Cardiff to reduce violence from alcohol is to be rolled out in Australia.

The so-called Cardiff model uses data from hospital emergency departments to identify and target violence ‘hotspots’, significantly reducing cases of violence.

Now its being trialled in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra.

Details from hospitals such as the precise violence location, time, days and weapons will be shared with police, helping them to build a monthly ‘hotspot map’ of the nature, timing and characteristics of violence showing where their presence is most needed.

– Professor Jonathan Shepherd, Cardiff University

Welsh foodbanks on the rise

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Wales now has 157 foodbanks which support people at risk of not being able to feed themselves and their families compared to 16 in 1998.

The new statistics (data collected July 2015) come from a research project by Bangor University Social Sciences PhD student David Beck.

The research says Wales had six independent food banks between 1998-2010. But this grew by 616% in the next five years to July 2015, when 43 independent food banks were traced.

The Trussell Trust is the biggest provider. Its seven food banks grew to 36 during the same period. The Trust had three satellite foodbanks through till 2010, and now has 78: a 2,500% increase.

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