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High-security "safe rooms" should be created in the homes of all domestic violence victims who want them, local councils were told today.

Ruth Kelly, the Communities Secretary, wants the action to stop thousands of women and children being made homeless every year.

So-called "sanctuaries" with alarms, CCTV cameras, mortise locks, smoke alarms, security lights and reinforced doors and windows, have already proved successful in some areas and are flagged on police computers to ensure a swift response.

But Ms Kelly wants the scheme to be available to all beaten women where the police deem it a safe and appropriate option and is publishing guidance explaining how they can be set up and writing to local authorities across the country.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Dec 19, 2006
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