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Domestic Violence

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent steps the Government has taken to reduce domestic violence. (221337)

[holding answer 22 July 2008]: We have a cross-Government national delivery plan which provides a strategic framework to address domestic violence.

The plan is a set of initiatives which includes the development of Specialist Domestic Violence Courts (SDVCs), establishing Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVAs) and rolling-out Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conferences (MARACs).

We have recently increased the number of SDVCs to 98, provided funding to support IDVAs and are rolling out MARACs to achieve national coverage by 2010-11.