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CABBIES GIVEN PROTECTIVE ROLE

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cabbies given protective role

Cabbies will be in the front line of the battle against domestic violence under a scheme being piloted in London.

Black cab drivers will carry information for women fleeing violence, and will drive them to the nearest hospital or police station if they discover they are at risk.

The scheme was launched in the House of Commons by social exclusion and equality minister Barbara Roche, who has also announced £18.8m funding for refuges for women and children fleeing violent partners.

The cash, including £9.9m from the Housing Corporation and £8.9m from the Homelessness Directorate, will also provide 273 extra units of accommodation.

It will be spent in partnership with councils, registered social landlords and local refuge groups, and will be allocated to projects around the country.

Ms Roche said: 'Domestic violence accounted for 15% of all council homelessness acceptances in 2002. It has resulted in over 130,000 households having to be re-housed over the last seven years and for 35% of all murders in the last five years.'

Mayor Ken Livingstone said black cabs were 'highly visible' and ideal to support women at risk.

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