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Domestic Violence

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 4 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2008, Official Report, column 1074W, on domestic violence, what steps are being taken to reduce the incidence of such offences. (247981)

One of the key outcomes in our National Domestic Violence Reduction Delivery Plan is to reduce the prevalence of domestic violence, particularly in high incidence areas and/or communities. We are revisiting our delivery plan to ensure a greater focus on prevention. An example would be exploring how to change attitudes and behaviours of key audiences.

One initiative which is currently being promoted through the school curriculum provides scope for education on addressing the underlying causes of violence and abuse relationships. One example is SEAL (social and emotional aspects of learning), which helps children develop their capacity to empathise, show respect and form positive relationships with other people. This can be expected to apply to any form of violent behaviour and thus prevent future incidences of domestic violence.