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Domestic Violence

Volume 472: debated on Tuesday 4 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of reported domestic violence incidents resulted in (a) caution, (b) arrest and (c) charge in each police authority area in each of the last five years. (184760)

The Home Office collects data on the proportion of domestic violence incidents that result in an arrest. However, we do not require police forces routinely to flag cautions or charges as domestic violence related. This is due to arrests as a proportion of domestic violence incidences being included in the 2007-08 Police Performance Assessment Framework. This is also being proposed for the 2008-09 Assessment of Policing and Community Safety Performance Framework.

Domestic violence related arrests by police authority area are published on the Home Office website and can be found at the following link:

http://police.homeoffice.gov.uk/performance

The published data are for 2005-06 and 2006-07, the two years the Home Office has been collecting this data.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) convicted and (b) arrested domestic violence perpetrators had previous convictions for violence in the last five years. (188268)

This information is not collected centrally. However, the new cross-Government Tackling Violence Action Plan, published on 18 February 2008, includes action to strengthen the arrangements for managing those individuals, including domestic violence perpetrators, who are identified as being at risk of committing serious violence. We are currently in the process of establishing what data are needed to monitor this action effectively.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she intends to implement section 12 of the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004. (188271)

Section 12 of the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004 will enable courts to impose restraining orders on those convicted of any offence, and also on those who are acquitted for any offence. This will mean that restraining orders will be available in a much wider range of cases.

We are currently working with the Ministry of Justice on the resource implications of this provision. When we have resolved this issue, we will be in a position to agree timetable for the implementation of this section of the Act.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in how many non-molestation order cases perpetrators have been (a) held on remand, (b) bailed and (c) bailed without notice. (188272)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been allocated to dedicated domestic violence courts for (a) 2007-08, (b) 2008-09 and (c) 2009-10. (188302)

In 2007-08, funding was allocated to independent domestic violence adviser (IDVAs) services and to implement multi-agency risk assessment conferences (MARACs) within specialist domestic violence court (SDVC) areas. Further IDVA funding was accessed in 2007-08 by areas wishing to develop an SDVC. This funding totalled £3 million for IDVAs and £1.85 million for MARAC administration.

Funding decisions for future years will be dependent on the number of SDVCs selected in this current selection round and in future selection rounds.