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Domestic Violence: Ethnic Groups

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 1 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to publish the step-by-step guide for women in black and minority ethnic communities who are victims of domestic violence. (196765)

[holding answer 25 March 2008]: The step-by-step guide for women in black and minority ethnic (BME) communities who are victims of domestic violence, which will provide practical advice on steps which victims can take to protect themselves and their children, will be published in spring this year and made accessible to local agencies and community groups.

We recognise that more work needs to be done, and are currently developing a national BME Working Group of Government, statutory agencies and the third sector which will promote a partnership approach to issues such as domestic and sexual violence, forced marriage, so called ‘honour’ crimes and female genital mutilation. The group will identify and develop actions and practical tools to assist victims and potential victims.