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Domestic Violence: Re-offenders

Volume 479: debated on Thursday 17 July 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the levels of reoffending rates by perpetrators of domestic violence. (218832)

We do not collect information on re-offending by perpetrators of domestic violence centrally.

However we do have measures in place to reduce re-offending of domestic violence offenders. Firstly by focusing on the protection of victims through Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conferences (MARACs) which identify those victims most at risk of serious harm and develop interventions to reduce the risk of repeat victimisation and by managing the offender.

Secondly, three accredited domestic abuse perpetrator programmes have been developed for convicted domestic abuse perpetrators. The Integrated Domestic Abuse Programme (IDAP) and the Community Domestic Violence Programme (CDVP) have been fully implemented in all probation areas in England and Wales. The Healthy Relationships Programme (HRP) is run in custody. To ensure the effectiveness of the programmes, a range of evaluation projects has been commissioned.

Thirdly, we are funding RESPECT to develop national standards for perpetrator programmes outside of the criminal justice system.