Extra security to cut abuse in the home

PEOPLE at risk of domestic abuse are to benefit from added security measures thanks to funding from the City of Edinburgh Council.

Over 16,000 from the Edinburgh Community Safety Partnership will go towards co-ordinating joint working between the council, police and support agencies.

The work will help those at risk of domestic abuse by installing safety measures in their homes and working with a range of agencies to improve support.

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The new money will fund such measures as the installation of discreet alarms which can alert police and record critical evidence, the improvement of home security, and staff training for dealing with domestic abuse cases.

Councillor Paul Edie, community safety leader for Edinburgh, said: "We have to do everything in our power to tackle the cycle of domestic abuse."

The new funding complements the Violence Against Women Partnership – a multi-agency approach to the problem.