Beating the abuse target

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CRIMEFIGHTERS are passing targets set for tackling domestic violence.

Figures for the last financial year show there were 293 cases in County Durham involving high-risk people placed on to arrangements launched by the Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference.

It sees that victims are referred to the care of the group, which brings together police, social services, probation, drug and alcohol agencies and housing companies.

After being discharged, 33 of the 293 were put back on the system, a repeat rate of 11.3 per cent, better than the national target of 25 per cent.

Research has found domestic abuse is a pre-curser to the majority of murders in the UK each year.