Top talks on tackling domestic violence

PUBLISHED: 09:46 13 February 2008 | UPDATED: 22:20 26 October 2009

STAFF at a council met a Home Office minister to discuss how domestic violence can be tackled in the area. Representatives of Hertfordshire County Council s crime and drug strategy unit had talks with under-secretary of state Vernon Coaker. Issues rais

STAFF at a council met a Home Office minister to discuss how domestic violence can be tackled in the area.

Representatives of Hertfordshire County Council's crime and drug strategy unit had talks with under-secretary of state Vernon Coaker.

Issues raised were the challenges experienced when implementing community responses to domestic violence.

Councillor Richard Smith, executive member for community safety, said: "It was quite a coup for us to be able to raise some issues face-to-face with Mr Coaker.

"We will be taking on board what was said as we devise strategies along with our partners to try and tackle the issues around domestic violence."

Funding for immigrants fleeing from violence was also discussed at the meeting.

Mr Coaker said: "The Government is committed to doing all we can to help tackle the hidden violence which takes place behind closed doors.

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