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Domestic Violence

Volume 455: debated on Monday 8 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much his Department spent on (a) tackling and (b) preventing domestic violence in each of the last five years; and how much he expects to spend on such provision in each of the next five years. (108780)

[holding answer 12 December 2006]: Between 1999-2000 and 2003-04 the Government allocated funding for victims of domestic violence and their children through the Violence Against Women Initiative within the Crime Reduction Programme. The allocated budget for England and Wales from 2002-03 was as follows: 2002-03—£6,355,000; 2003-04—£7,145,000 (£6 million allocated to the Violence Against Women Initiative, £1 million allocated to a national awareness raising campaign, and £145,000 allocated for domestic violence victims with no recourse to public funds); 2004-05—£1,650,000 (£1.1 million allocated to the Home Office Regional Directors fund for local delivery of support for victims of domestic violence and their children, £500,000 allocated to a national awareness raising campaign, and £50,000 allocated to implement the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004); 2005-06— £5,500,000 (£3 million allocated to the Home Office Regional Directors fund for local delivery of support for victims of domestic violence and their children, £1 million to support the development of the Specialist Domestic Violence Court Programme, £1 million to fund a variety of projects including a matrix of national domestic violence helplines, and £500,000 allocated to a national awareness raising campaign which rolled out between 2005-06 and 2006-07); 2006-07—£6,000,000 (£3 million allocated to the Home Office Regional Directors fund for local delivery of support for victims of domestic violence and their children, £1 million to support the Specialist Domestic Violence Court Programme, £1 million to develop Independent Domestic Violence Advisors services for Specialist Domestic Violence Court Programme areas, and £1 million to fund a variety of projects including a matrix of national domestic violence helplines).

These budgets contribute towards the delivery of the National Delivery Plan for Domestic Violence, a cross-Government plan which focuses on a range of key work objectives from early intervention and prevention through to developing a co-ordinated community response to tackling domestic violence. The budgets for the next five years are not yet confirmed. However, the effective prevention, and tackling, of domestic violence continues to be a Government priority.