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Crime: Domestic Violence

Volume 706: debated on Tuesday 13 January 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government what provision is made for the assessment and care of needs such as drug addiction, mental health problems and disability in refuge centres for victims of domestic violence. [HL490]

Since 2003, administering authorities have been allocated funding through the Supporting People programme which falls under the remit of Communities and Local Government, to support the most vulnerable people in their communities, including victims of domestic violence, through the provision of housing-related support.

Housing-related support services for victims of domestic violence are commissioned by top-tier local authorities to meet local needs. Supporting People guidance and the quality assessment framework state that a needs assessment (covering issues relating to substance misuse, mental health and disability) should be undertaken for each client accessing support and used to inform individual support plans.

The Department of Health has provided practical guidance and training to healthcare professionals working with service users who may have experienced or are experiencing domestic abuse. The updated domestic abuse handbook and CD-ROM, Responding to Domestic Abuse: A Handbook for Health Professionals, which was published in December 2005, provides advice on how the health services can respond to victims of domestic abuse. A copy of the handbook has been placed in the House of Commons Library.