A SPECIAL court will sit in Calderdale to deal with cases of domestic violence.
Victims will receive extra help and support from the new court – which is one of 18 new Specialist Domestic Violence Courts being set up by the Government.
The programme promotes a combined approach to tackling domestic violence.
It involves the police, the Crown prosecutors, magistrates, courts and probation service, together with specialist support services for victims.
Justice Minister, Bridget Prentice said: “I am delighted to announce a further 18 Specialist Domestic Violence Courts.
“These courts have been a real success and are central to the package of support we offer the unfortunate domestic violence victims”.
Key features of the Special Domestic Violence Courts include:
Trained and dedicated criminal justice staff with enhanced expertise in dealing with domestic violence
Magistrates specially trained in dealing with domestic violence cases
Cases clustered on a particular day to enable all agencies to focus their specialist resources
Tailored support and advice from Independent Domestic Violence Advisors.
Home Office Minister Alan Campbell said:
“Domestic violence is a devastating hidden crime which the Government condemns in all its forms”.