NEW technology to increase the protection and security of domestic abuse victims has been welcomed by a Barnsley support group.

South Yorkshire Police is rolling out the TecSOS system, which gives victims of domestic abuse a device that offers an immediate connection to the police emergency control room 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Kathy Huckle, from Barnsley's Pathways Family Support Centre on Peel Parade, said: "While they do not guarantee that the perpetrator will keep away, it enables clients to go out and carry on their daily activities with less fear knowing that they can trigger the alarm and get help."

The TecSOS alarm system works by entering a victim's name and full case details into the police's intelligence system when the victim is given the device.

These details are immediately available to emergency call handlers when the system is activated.

Even in a silent call situation, these details are passed to officers and the call is flagged for immediate response.

Assistant Chief Constable Jo Byrne said: "Every second is vital in cases of domestic abuse and introducing this system should shave valuable minutes off our response time, allowing us to get to victims quickly and prevent the offender inflicting any further harm."