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Domestic Violence

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 13 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of people (a) tried for and (b) convicted of domestic violence offences took part in domestic violence perpetrators’ programmes in the last 12 months; what targets there are for levels of participation in such programmes in each probation area; and if he will make a statement. (204637)

There is no statutory offence of domestic violence. All 42 probation areas provide domestic violence programmes. The targets for offenders completing domestic violence programmes in 2008-09 are set out in the table as follows.

Area

Target

Avon and Somerset

80

Bedfordshire

10

Cambridgeshire

32

Cheshire

43

County Durham

20

Cumbria

10

Derbyshire

40

Devon and Cornwall

70

Dorset

20

Dyfed Powys

14

Essex

66

Gloucestershire

21

Greater Manchester

130

Gwent

12

Hampshire

100

Hertfordshire

25

Humberside

50

Kent

50

Lancashire

60

Leicestershire

30

Lincolnshire

42

London area

300

Merseyside

113

Norfolk

40

North Wales

20

North Yorkshire

30

Northamptonshire

30

Northumbria

65

Nottinghamshire

30

South Wales

20

South Yorkshire

72

Staffordshire

36

Suffolk

25

Surrey

22

Sussex

40

Teesside

35

Thames Valley

95

Warwickshire

4

West Mercia

15

West Midlands

25

West Yorkshire

175

Wiltshire

25