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Domestic Violence

Solicitor-General written question – answered on 27th October 2005.

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Photo of Barbara Follett Barbara Follett Labour, Stevenage

To ask the Solicitor-General what steps he is taking to increase the support provided to victims of domestic violence in the criminal justice system.

Photo of Mike O'Brien Mike O'Brien Solicitor General, Law Officers' Department

The Crown Prosecution Service is committed to ensuring that victims of domestic violence are adequately protected and supported nationwide. As part of this commitment it has devised and published progressive domestic violence policy, guidance and training to equip prosecutors.

The Crown Prosecution Service has a national network of domestic violence co-ordinators, including one in Hertfordshire, to implement policy, address problems and share good practice.

All of the criminal justice units in Hertfordshire have a specialist domestic violence champion. They are tasked to liaise with other agencies to support victims, raise awareness of their concerns and represent the CPS in the local domestic violence forum.

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