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Domestic Violence

Volume 479: debated on Thursday 17 July 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will publish the minutes of meetings of the Inter-ministerial Group on Domestic Violence; what the outcomes of (a) meetings and (b) initiatives of the group have been over the last five years; and if she will make a statement. (218817)

We do not publish the minutes of the Inter-ministerial Group on domestic violence (set up in 2003). This is because the minutes often record the considerations made when formulating and developing Government policy. Any premature disclosure may result in closing off alternative decisions or courses of action.

A report on the progress made against the National Domestic Violence Delivery Plan, which the IMG oversees, is published annually. The annual reports for 2005-06; 2006-07 are on the website and the report for 2007-08 will be published shortly.

Key initiatives have been: the development of the Specialist Domestic Violence Programme; developing the co-ordinated Community Response to domestic violence; supporting the roll-out of Independent Domestic Violence Advisers and Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conferences; and the establishment of the Forced Marriage Unit.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has to establish a register of domestic violence offenders; and if she will make a statement. (218819)

The Government do not have any current plans to establish a register of domestic violence offenders. The Tackling Violence Action Plan however does ask crime and disorder reduction partnerships (CDRPs) to develop mechanisms for sharing personal information between agencies to monitor the behaviour of potentially violent offenders and move to protect those victims most at risk.