Domestic abuse victims benefit from new technology in South Yorkshire

Jo Byrne
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Victims of domestic abuse in South Yorkshire are being offered the latest technology in a bid to increase their security.

High risk victims are to be offered the TecSOS system this week, where individuals are given a device to activate which offers immediate connection to the police emergency control room, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Each device is linked to an individual, with their details including their home address available immediately to police operators when the devices are activated in emergencies.

Assistant Chief Constable Jo Byrne said: “I am delighted that we are able to offer this revolutionary protective measure to domestic abuse victims across South Yorkshire.

“Every second is vital in cases of domestic abuse and introducing this system should shave valuable minutes off our response time, allowing us to get to victims quickly and prevent the offender inflicting any further harm.”

She added: “This move demonstrates our commitment to tackling domestic abuse and I hope victims will be reassured by this very positive step.”

The Vodafone Group Foundation, a charitable organisation, delivers TecSOS and brought the scheme to the UK after rolling it out successfully in Spain.

South Yorkshire Police now joins 23 other forces nationwide who use the system.

It also operates in Spain, Portugal, Italy, the Republic of Ireland, Jersey and Scotland.

Independent evaluations of the scheme have identified an 11 per cent improvement in police response times and have shown a reduction in the levels of fear perceived by victims.

n To report incidents of domestic abuse or concerns about the safety of others, call South Yorkshire Police on 101. For additional support, call the National Domestic Violence Helpline and Women’s Aid on 0808 200 0247 or Victim Support on 0845 303 0900.