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Domestic Violence: Rehabilitation

Volume 472: debated on Tuesday 26 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the (a) longest, (b) average and (c) shortest waiting period for domestic violence perpetrators programmes was for each probation area in the latest period for which figures are available. (188270)

The information requested is contained in the following table. It covers the period from April 2006 to March 2007.

Offenders waiting for a place on a domestic violence programme are under the supervision of their offender manager from the day of sentence. The offender manager will monitor the risk posed by the offender and actively manage it. Additionally the offender manager will normally prepare offenders for the programmes by carrying out set work. This can take between six and 12 weeks.

These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems, which, as with any large scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing. The data take no account of time that elapses because of the need to deliver other requirements of the sentence, or because the offender is recalled into custody, for example.

The domestic violence programmes are still relatively new and demand from the courts has exceeded expectations. A series of measures are in place to reduce the period of time before an offender can start a programme.

Domestic violence programmes: time to commencements

Weeks

Area

Mean time to commence group

Minimum time to commence group

Maximum time to commence group

England

Avon and Somerset

39.0

9

101

Bedfordshire

20.8

4

146

Cambridgeshire

36.5

7

95

Cumbria

24.8

4

52

Derbyshire

30.6

6

68

Devon and Cornwall

41.4

7

200

Dorset

31.1

4

79

County Durham

25.1

1

57

Essex

39.5

10

77

Gloucestershire

32.3

7

91

Hampshire

25.0

2

79

Hertfordshire

30.0

2

57

Humberside

23.0

2

47

Kent

29.2

11

67

Lancashire

27.9

4

208

Leicestershire and Rutland

39.4

1

130

Lincolnshire

24.5

7

72

London

31.8

4

173

Merseyside

25.7

2

86

Norfolk

19.4

4

89

Northamptonshire

29.3

7

85

Northumbria

32.2

7

72

Nottinghamshire

12.9

4

49

Staffordshire

13.7

3

52

Suffolk

20.2

5

80

Surrey

28.1

12

59

Sussex

27.4

1

74

Teesside

25.2

9

43

Thames Valley

36.5

8

126

Warwickshire

19.9

5

60

West Mercia

13.0

4

33

West Midlands

28.6

5

78

Wiltshire

34.9

2

103

Yorkshire North

16.1

1

53

Yorkshire South

42.5

1

77

Yorkshire West

28.4

1

161

Wales

Dyfed-Powys

19.2

6

61

Gwent

40.8

12

101

North Wales

37.1

9

76

South Wales

23.2

4

63

Note: Comparable data from Cheshire and Greater Manchester areas are not available due to incompatible IT systems.