Panic-button system targets domestic violence

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PORTLAND — Assistant Police Chief Vern Malloch last week introduced a panic-button system that will alert police to domestic violence emergencies.

As part of a partnership with security firm Protection 1 and social service agency Family Crisis Services, police will provide the in-home alarm system to victims of domestic violence or threats of violence. The alarm system will include a panic button that at-risk individuals can carry to alert police if they are unable to call 911.

The partnership is known as Security Against Violence Effort, or SAVE. Last year, Portland police investigated nearly 1,800 incidents related to domestic violence, the city said.