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Domestic Violence

Volume 474: debated on Monday 21 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has to reduce the incidence of domestic violence. (199733)

We have developed a national delivery plan to address domestic violence.

The plan includes the development of 98 Specialist Domestic Violence Courts, and national coverage of Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conferences; these are now part of the Tackling Violence Action Plan 2008-11.

We are doubling the number of Specialist Domestic Violence Courts, rolling out Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conferences by 2011 and ensuring that vulnerable victims of domestic violence will have access to specialist support services.

We will be continuing to fund Independent Domestic Violence Advisers to support the Specialist Domestic Violence Courts in 2008-09.

We are committed to ensuring perpetrators are held to account and we are developing proposals for extending existing arrangements for managing violent offenders in order to manage proactively those individuals who are identified as being at risk of committing serious violence.