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Battered women to get home 'panic rooms'

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12/19/2006 07:21 PM
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Battered women to get home 'panic rooms'
No mention of them for battered men though.

VICTIMS of domestic violence should be given reinforced "panic rooms" in their homes to protect them from abusive partners, the government said today.

Ministers have pledged extra money to pay for safe havens in more women's homes after they said trials across England had been a success.

The secure rooms are fitted with toughened doors and locks and are designed to give women a safe place to take refuge when a violent partner arrives at their house.

Some have cameras and alarms linked to the local police station.

"It has been tested in some areas and 90 per cent of women are satisfied with that," Women and Equality Minister Meg Munn told the BBC. "It has enabled them to feel safer and to live a more normal life."

Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly will announce new guidance to local councils on how to set up the schemes later yoday, said a spokesman for the Department for Communities and Local Government. It will also give £74 million ($185 million) of funding.

Refuge, a charity which helps victims of domestic violence, said more must be done to tackle offenders.

"It does concern me that we don't seem to be working to prevent the problem in the first place," its Chief Executive Sandra Horley told BBC radio. "If the man is that much of a threat surely the solution is to make sure that he is locked up."

Domestic violence accounts for 17 per cent of violent crime, the government says.
[link to www.news.com.au]
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12/19/2006 07:24 PM
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Re: Battered women to get home 'panic rooms'
I'm sure that the vicious (male) brutes that these women live with will be only too pleased to allow a "panic room" to be built in their house.

Yeah, right.

That's gonna work real good!