Crimes of Violence: Females

Duchy of Lancaster written question – answered on 31st January 2008.

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Photo of Theresa May Theresa May Shadow Minister (Women), Shadow Leader of the House of Commons

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

(1) what considerations the Families at Risk Review gave to measures to combat violence against women;

(2) what meetings he has held since 27 June 2007 with representatives of (a) rape crisis centres, (b) women's refuges, (c) sexual assault referral centres, (d) prostitution, trafficking and sexual exploitation support services and (e) other third sector organisations dealing with violence against women;

(3) what research the Social Exclusion Task Force has conducted on the issue of violence against women; and what steps the Social Exclusion Task Force has taken to develop measures to prevent violence against women.

Photo of Phil Hope Phil Hope Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

The Families At Risk Review identified domestic violence as a parent-based risk factor that could impact on children in its interim analytical report published in June 2007. A literature review considered several family risk factors in detail, including domestic violence, and a focus group was held with mothers who had experienced domestic violence.

This work will continue to be taken forward across Government to ensure that 'think family' becomes embedded across Whitehall and at a local level.

Ministers and civil servants meet many people as part of the process of policy development and advice. It is not normal practice to disclose details of such meetings.

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