31 Aug 2012

Domestic violence protection scheme extended

2:02 pm on 31 August 2012

A programme aimed to protect hundreds of people at risk of being killed or abused by their ex-partners is to be extended nationwide.

Domestic violence group Shine and Justice Minister Judith Collins on Friday launched the service 'Safe At Home'.

The programme, already been installed in 218 Auckland homes, provides extra security and police alarms in the houses of men and women who are at extreme risk of domestic violence.

Shine has received $400,000 from the Government to fund the programme over the next two years.

Spokesperson Jill Proudfoot says Safe At Home has transformed the lives of people who have been the victim of years of violence.

Christchurch and Tauranga will be the first cities outside Auckland to receive the service.

Justice Minister Judith Collins says the programme has already proved successful in Auckland and will not only lower domestic violence statistics but stop revictimisation.