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Domestic Violence: Wales

Volume 467: debated on Thursday 22 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many women in Wales have reported incidents of domestic violence in each of the last five years; and what measures are in place to support women who report domestic violence. (165985)

The Welsh Assembly Government have put in place a domestic abuse strategy for Wales.

One of the key aims of the strategy is to increase the number of incidents reported to the police so that action can be taken to prevent repeat victimisation. The indications are that there has been some success with this. Police recorded incidents in Wales are up to nearly 35,000 in 2006-07, from 26,854 in 2002-03.

The Welsh Assembly Government are working closely with the Home Office on implementing a number of initiatives to support women who report domestic violence. These include developing specialist domestic violence courts (SDVCs). There are now seven SDVCs in Wales and separate arrangements being rolled out in Gwent.

The Home Office has also funded independent domestic violence advisor services in these areas, and the implementation of multi-agency risk assessment conferences, both of which aim to increase the safety of high risk victims of domestic violence.