Crimes of Violence: Southampton

Home Department written question – answered on 24th July 2007.

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Photo of Sandra Gidley Sandra Gidley Shadow Minister, Health

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to reduce the incidence of violent crime in Southampton.

Photo of Vernon Coaker Vernon Coaker Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office) (Crime Reduction)

The Government are currently taking forward a very full range of work which will continue to reduce violent crime. We have, for example, recently passed the Violent Crime Reduction Act, which gives the police and local communities the powers they need to tackle guns, knives and alcohol-related violence.

Southampton is one of the areas included in the Tackling Violent Crime Programme, through which the Home Office is working intensively with practitioners in a number of local areas with high levels of more serious violent crime, to support their efforts to reduce alcohol-related crime and domestic violence, to improve police and other agencies' performance and partnership working, and to improve local strategies.

Southampton was also the first area in the South East to adopt a violence prevention initiative based on Accident and Emergency Unit information sharing. This follows a successful model of community violence prevention developed in Cardiff, which has demonstrated that hospital A&E intelligence can be pivotal in directing violence reduction initiatives, and ultimately reducing the harm caused by violent crime.

Sexual violence is also a priority. Funding has been provided this year for the Southampton Rape Crisis and Abuse Centre, a registered charity providing support, advocacy, counselling and therapy, and for No Limits, Southampton, an organisation which provides information, advice and counselling services for young people. Two independent sexual violence advisers, who provide targeted professional support to victims of sex crimes, are based in Southampton.

Southampton Safe City Partnership are engaged in, and sponsor, a range of initiatives, including:

Improved crime recording and analysis

Domestic violence advocacy to assist victims and reduce repeat offending

Dedicated hate crime and harassment reporting line to the police and local authority

Extended Designated Public Places Order use

Test purchases with on and off licences

CCTV in taxi cabs

Best Bar None Scheme

Taxi Marshals

Nightlink Bus

Dedicated police monitoring of CCTV to identify incidents of violence early.

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