We'll Get Tough on Violence at Home; CRIME: Police to Launch New Crackdown on Domestic Abuse

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Byline: By Ben Griffin

VIOLENT men who attack their partners are to be targeted in a major new campaign launched in Coventry today.

Police will launch extra patrols to fight domestic violence and men who drink heavily before attacking their wives or girlfriends face a ban from local pubs.

Home Office cash will be used to fund wide-ranging measures in the city over the next eight weeks and police predict it will lead to hundreds of arrests.

Supt Lorraine Bottomley, of Coventry's Stoney Stanton Road police station, said: "The message to offenders is clear - domestic abuse will not be tolerated."

Three patrol cars carrying specially trained officers will focus on domestic abuse across the city every day between 4pm and 2 am.

On Thursday, Friday and Sunday nights the cars will not deal with anything else.

As well as responding to calls about domestic violence, officers will visit the homes of victims, reassuring them and showing abusers they are being watched.

Police will enhance the way they gather evidence of domestic violence, using digital cameras, house-to-house inquiries and CCTV. …