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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Justice – in the House of Commons on 13th November 2018.

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Photo of David Gauke David Gauke The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

I am pleased to inform Parliament that, as the Under-Secretary of State for Justice, my hon. Friend Edward Argar, announced on Friday, we have awarded £3.3 million to 12 organisations to help to divert vulnerable women from crime and reduce reoffending. We know that a large number of female offenders are in extremely vulnerable positions. Many face issues with substance misuse and mental health problems, often as a result of repeated abuse and trauma. This is the first wave of funding from the £5 million investment in community provision announced in the female offender strategy, which sets out a range of measures aimed at shifting focus away from custody towards rehabilitative community services.