DOMESTIC abuse services in Blaenau Gwent got a cash boost from the Welsh Assembly today.

Edwina Hart, the social justice and regeneration minister, announced £2,200 is being granted to help fund a new telephone system for the services' offices in Brynmawr.

This will enable it to handle an increasing volume of calls from domestic violence victims.

The funding will also be used to provide personal safety alarms for at-risk clients visiting the group's offices.

Blaenau Gwent Domestic Abuse Services is among eight organisations providing support to the victims of domestic violence across Wales to receive funding totalling £300,000 for this financial year.

The money is part of the £1.1m increase in funding between 2005 and 2008 to tackle domestic abuse - recently announced by the minister as part of Tackling Domestic Abuse: The All Wales National Strategy.

Mrs Hart said: "The funding allocated will help Blaenau Gwent Domestic Abuse Services offer a vital service to the victims of domestic abuse.

"Domestic abuse, and the terrible crimes associated with it, must not be and will not be tolerated in Wales on any level.

"I am determined to hold perpetrators to account and I am committed to protecting and supporting the victims of domestic abuse."