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Domestic Violence and Abuse (England and Wales)

Volume 567: debated on Friday 6 September 2013

Tackling domestic violence and abuse is one of my key priorities. I am determined to see continued reductions in domestic violence and abuse and the Government’s updated violence against women and girls (VAWG) action plan sets out our approach for achieving that.

The police play a key role in responding to, and protecting, victims of domestic violence and abuse. It is therefore essential that the police response is effective and has the confidence of victims.

I have written to Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary to ask that he conducts a thematic review of the police response to domestic violence and abuse across England and Wales.

I have asked that the review focuses on:

the effectiveness of the police approach to domestic violence and abuse, focusing on the outcomes for victims;

whether risks to victims of domestic violence and abuse are adequately managed;

identifying lessons learnt from how the police approach domestic violence and abuse;

making any necessary recommendations in relation to these findings when considered alongside current practice.

I have asked that the inspection is completed and that the findings in respect of the above are published no later than April 2014.

A copy of the letter will be placed in the Library of the House.