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Domestic Violence

Deputy Prime Minister written question – answered on 27th March 2006.

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Photo of Jo Swinson Jo Swinson Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Scotland)

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to his answer of 16 February 2006, Official Report, column 2217W, to the hon. Member for Romsey (Sandra Gidley), on domestic violence, how many units of accommodation in refuges for women who suffer from domestic violence are available in each (a) region, (b) constituency and (c) local authority in England.

Photo of Yvette Cooper Yvette Cooper Minister of State (Office of the Deputy Prime Minister) (Housing and Planning)

Information is not available on the number of units of accommodation in refuges for women who suffer from domestic violence in each constituency or local authority in England, and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

The following table shows how many units were available in each Government Office Region in England as at 1 April 2003 and at 1 April 2005. These figures include accommodation in refuges and other forms of provision including floating support services where victims are supported to remain in their own accommodation where appropriate.

Number of household units of support available to women at risk of domestic violence, through the Supporting People programme
Region 1 April 2003 1 April 2005
North East 210 250
North West 690 640
Yorkshire and the Humber 570 710
East Midlands 600 520
West Midlands 890 890
East 590 650
London 1,220 1,230
South East 630 640
South West 450 380
England 5,830 5,910

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