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Crimes of Violence: Females

Volume 502: debated on Monday 14 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to his Department's Together we can end violence against women and girls strategy, how much his Department plans to spend on (a) launching an award scheme to celebrate the achievements of local areas delivering excellence, (b) funding the POPPY project and (c) funding National Offender Management Service perpetrator programmes in (i) 2009-10, (ii) 2010-11 and (iii) each of the subsequent three years; and from what budgets such funding will be drawn. (305313)

The cross-Government strategy ‘Together We Can End Violence Against Women and Girls’ was launched on 25 November 2009.

(a) The departmental spend on an award scheme for local areas delivering excellence in their response to violence against women and girls will be finalised in spring 2010 by a cross-departmental delivery board. The board will have oversight of all actions in the strategy.

(b) Across Government, we have invested £5.8 million in the POPPY project over the last six years to provide high-level specialist support for victims trafficked into sexual exploitation. A further £3.7 million investment will be made in the period 2009-10 to 2010-11 to the POPPY project for specialist victim services for victims of sexual exploitation and domestic servitude.

(c) Probation boards fund the cost of delivering accredited perpetrator programmes including for domestic and sexual violence perpetrators through their main grant, and funding for the delivery of accredited offending behaviour programmes in custody is built into prison baselines.