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Domestic Violence

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 15 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people in Northern Ireland have been convicted of assault in which the victim was (a) a female partner, (b) a male partner and (c) a child of the convicted person in each of the last three years. (119347)

Northern Ireland court proceedings and sentencing data do not currently record the relationship between those who have been convicted of assault and their victims. I anticipate that this information will become available with the development of the Causeway information system.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people were rendered homeless in Northern Ireland in each of the last three years as a result of domestic violence. (128117)

The number of applicants who specified domestic violence as a reason for presenting as homeless and the number accepted for this reason is shown in the following table.

Presented

Awarded

2003-04

684

606

2004-05

727

611

2005-06

798

688

To February 2007

603

546