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 Barbara Follett Barbara Follett Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Government Equalities Office 10:30, 19 June 2008

The incidence of reporting has certainly increased. I think that women now feel more confident about coming forward, and that there are better systems to protect them. I cannot speculate on how much the increase in the number of reported cases is due to drinking, although I am sure that Ministers at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport will look into the possibility.