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Domestic Violence: Victim Support Schemes

Volume 463: debated on Tuesday 17 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what training and guidance will be provided for the courts and other organisations on section 1 of the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004. (149425)

Section 1 of the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004 was implemented on 1 July 2007. This inserts a new section 42A into the Family Law Act 1996 that makes the breach of a family non-molestation order a criminal offence punishable by up to five years’ imprisonment. Comprehensive training and guidance has been given to court staff and the judiciary. My Department worked with the police, CPS and other agencies preparing training and guidance tailored to their procedures and requirements. Ministry of Justice officials also have spoken at domestic violence events and conferences. My Department has also updated our guidance for court users “Domestic Violence—A Guide to Civil Remedies and Criminal Sanctions” which outlines the range of options available to victims of domestic violence. This is now available in English, Welsh and eight other languages.