Help Is A Push Away

A new device combats the spread of domestic violence

No battered woman ever feels completely safe from an attack by an abusive husband or boyfriend -- even one barred by injunction from contacting her. Because plenty of assailants simply refuse to stay away, police departments and women's shelters in Boston and Knoxville will be providing "panic buttons" that allow victims to summon help electronically. ADT Security Systems of Tampa is offering electronic devices free of charge to a limited number of women in cities participating in the six-month pilot program. The devices are worn as pendants or installed in homes as security-system panels. A woman fearing imminent assault can press...

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