Police launch portable domestic violence panic alarm

7:34 PM, Dec 12, 2012   |    comments
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PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Portland Police Department wants victims of domestic violence to have another layer of protection against abusers.

Think of it as a portable 911 system. With this new program, people who think they may be in danger can carry around a portable device with a button that will call police.

It's a joint effort of the police department, Family Crisis Services, and the security company Protection 1.

Victims will be eligible to get the device after meeting with a councilor from Family Crisis. The police will keep records with the contact information and the case histories for the people who have the devices.

Domestic violence advocates say it's a system that helps victims and law enforcement.

"On both ends the victims feel safer knowing that police are responding and they know their situation, and I think police are thankful knowing the situation before going in." Danyel Albert of Family Crisis Services said.

Westbrook and South Portland are already using the system. The security company provides the service free of charge.

Family Crisis Services has a hotline for anyone experiencing domestic violence. That number is 1-866-834-4357.























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