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Domestic Violence Advisers

Volume 502: debated on Monday 14 December 2009

16. How much funding his Department has allocated for independent domestic violence advisers in the next 12 months. (306230)

This year’s funding has already been allocated, and a further £4 million will be available in 2010-11 for IDVAs and multi-agency risk assessment conferences.

I thank the Minister for that rather woolly reply. May I draw his attention to the fact that in Greater Manchester, the number of recorded incidents of domestic violence has risen from 56,000 to 64,000 in three years, but only one in eight results in an arrest? Bearing in mind that the perpetrators are always known, does he believe that that record is satisfactory? Will he now give more support to the vulnerable victims of domestic violence in Greater Manchester and elsewhere?

I assure the hon. Gentleman that the recently announced strategy for ending violence against women and girls is anything but woolly. So is the £13 million that will support services. At a time of financial constraint, it indicates the Government’s priority on these matters. He will know that local agencies also need to address the matter as their priority, because it is they that bring the most resources to the table.