Domestic Violence

Part of Women and Equality – in the House of Commons at 10:30 am on 19 June 2008.

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Photo of Brooks Newmark Brooks Newmark Opposition Whip (Commons) 10:30, 19 June 2008

A letter that I received from the Under-Secretary of State for Justice, Bridget Prentice, acknowledges that the number of domestic violence victims has risen by 12 per cent. in the past year, from 594,000 to 664,00. She attributes the increase to better reporting, but it is quite a large increase. How much of it does the Minister think can be attributed to the 24-hour drinking that takes place nowadays?