Domestic Violence

Solicitor-General written question – answered on 12th February 2004.

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Photo of Mr Huw Edwards Mr Huw Edwards Labour, Monmouth

To ask the Solicitor-General what steps she is taking to improve guidance to the Crown Prosecution Service on cases of domestic violence.

Photo of Harriet Harman Harriet Harman Solicitor General (Law Officers), Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee

During 2003, Her Majesty's Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI) and Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) undertook a thematic inspection of how domestic violence cases were investigated and prosecuted. The final report is due to be published later this month.

In order to address the findings and recommendations of the inspection and to reflect changes in law and practice, notably the pre-charge advice scheme and possible statutory developments arising from the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Bill, the detailed guidance that accompanies the Crown Prosecution Service policy on handling domestic violence cases will be updated in autumn 2004.

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