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Domestic Violence

Volume 456: debated on Thursday 1 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the Prime Minister’s answer of 6 December 2006, Official Report, column 302, on domestic violence, if he will provide a breakdown of how the £70 million provided to tackle domestic violence has been allocated. (112642)

In the last two years, approximately £70 million has been spent on tackling domestic violence. This spending can be broken down as follows.

In 2005-06, over £59 million of supporting people funding was used to provide housing-related support to victims of domestic violence. In addition to this, the Home Office allocated:

£3 million to fund local delivery of support to victims of domestic violence and their children;

£1 million to support the development of the Specialist Domestic Violence Courts Programme;

£1 million to fund a variety of projects, including a matrix of national domestic violence helplines; and

£500,000 for a national awareness raising campaign.

In 2006-07 the Home Office allocated £6 million to tackle domestic violence:

£3 million to support and improve local delivery on domestic violence for victims of domestic violence and their children;

£1 million to expand the Specialist Domestic Violence Courts Programme;

£1 million for Independent Domestic Violence Advisors; and

£1 million to continue to fund national domestic violence services, including the matrix of helplines.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions have taken place with local authorities in Wales to provide sanctuary schemes through safe rooms in Wales for victims of domestic violence. (111091)

I have been asked to reply.

Provision in Wales is a matter for the Welsh Assembly Government. The All Wales Domestic Abuse Strategy sets out a framework for the development of local action to combat domestic abuse. It aims to facilitate the development and implementation of a co-ordinated joint agency approach, to improve current service provision and to protect all individuals.

In addition, the Welsh Assembly Government funds a 24-hour all Wales helpline for victims of domestic abuse.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many local authorities in Wales are taking part in sanctuary schemes for those affected by domestic violence. (111092)

I have been asked to reply.

The Welsh Assembly Government is aware of one scheme in Wales, in Rhondda Cynon Taff. A number of other authorities are developing schemes aimed at enabling people at risk to remain safely in their own homes. For example, the Safer Cardiff Women’s Unit have set up a scheme to improve protection of properties alongside advice and counselling for those at risk.

Both the UK Government and the Welsh Assembly Government are keen to promote further good practice in this area.