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Action on violence in home.

A new approach to tackling domestic violence by prioritising high-risk victims and prolific offenders has been announced.

The Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference (Marac) was launched at the Textile Centre in Huddersfield yesterday.

Police and other agencies will work closely for the first time to reduce repeat attacks and protect children.

Agencies involved in Marac include Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing, Connect Housing, West Yorkshire Probation Service, Huddersfield Central Primary Care Trust, Kirklees Council, Victim Support, Lifeline Kirklees, North Kirklees Primary Care Trust, Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust and the Pennine Domestic Violence Group.

Domestic violence accounts for 16% of all violent crime and has more repeat victims than any other crime, with victims suffering an average of 35 assaults before calling the police.

A part of the new project will make it far easier for people to report domestic violence.

And it will ensure a rapid response from police and the other agencies.

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Sep 29, 2006
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