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House of Commons Hansard
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11 November 2009
Volume 499
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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what recent steps he has taken to reduce the incidence of violent crime against people with learning disabilities; [297984]

(2) what recent steps he has taken to reduce the incidence of violence against people with physical disabilities.

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On 14 September 2009 we launched the Cross-Government hate crime action plan. This brings together the range of work being delivered across Government and criminal justice agencies to tackle all forms of hate crime, including violent hate crime against people with physical or learning disabilities. Action 58 provides for the Department of Health and the Home Office to develop guidance for learning disability partnership boards on effectively preventing and responding to hate crime. The Home Office is also engaged with the Department for Health, Ministry of Justice and Attorney General's Office in the review of the “No Secrets” guidance on safeguarding vulnerable adults.

We have also published a strategy for reducing all forms of violence “Saving lives. Reducing harm. Protecting the public. An Action Plan for Tackling Violence 2008-11” in February 2008 and have recently published an update on progress “An Action Plan for Tackling Violence 2008-11. One Year On”. The refreshed document reports on the progress that has been made over the last year and looks at what more can be done to prevent violent crime. This includes exploring opportunities across government for early identification of all forms of violence and abuse, including against people with learning and physical disabilities.