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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 11:32 am on 18th October 2007.

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Photo of Harriet Harman Harriet Harman Chair, Modernisation of the House of Commons Committee, Minister of State (Government Equalities Office), The Leader of the House of Commons , Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee, Party Chair, Labour Party, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party 11:32 am, 18th October 2007

I strongly agree with my hon. Friend's comments about Croydon's family justice centre, which is doing very good work. Domestic violence should have no place in the 21st century. No matter what is going on in a relationship, there is no justification for resorting to violence. Domestic violence can be prevented if police, prosecutors, local authorities and local voluntary organisations work closely together, and it is a scandal that it still accounts for a quarter of all reported violent crime, with two homicides every year. Certain reviews are under way in the Ministry of Justice with a view to toughening the law so that perpetrators of domestic homicide can no longer give the excuse, "It's not my fault I killed her, it's her fault for provoking me."

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molijana
Posted on 19 Oct 2007 11:29 am (Report this annotation)

Harriet,
For you attention below are the statistics from Women's Aid for how many Women are murdered by there partner's and it is 2 per week not 2 per year


Key statistics: Did you know that domestic violence kills over two women per week?

What is domestic violence?
In Women's Aid's view domestic violence is physical, sexual, psychological or financial violence that takes place within an intimate or family-type relationship and that forms a pattern of coercive and controlling behaviour.

How common is domestic violence?
1 in 4 women experience domestic vioelnce in their lifetime and between 1 in 8 to 1 in 10 women experience it annually. Less than half of all incidents are reported to the Police, but they still receive one domestic violence call every minute in the UK.

Taken from the Women’s Aid Website
www.womensaid.org