Domestic Violence

Home Department written question – answered on 15th July 2008.

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Photo of Linda Riordan Linda Riordan Labour, Halifax

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department has taken together with local authorities to encourage women to report domestic violence.

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

The Home Office has developed a co-ordinated community response to domestic violence, which has included:

providing funding to local partnerships through the Government offices for the regions to support them in developing and rolling out awareness raising campaigns to encourage victims of domestic violence to report incidents. providing funding to the Local Government Association in December 2003 to run a three-year domestic violence project aimed at identifying and promoting good practice of councils and partner organisations in addressing domestic violence. developing local area agreement stretch targets for local partnerships, which included increasing the rate of reporting of domestic violence to various agencies. working with local partnerships through the Government offices for regions to launch the ENOUGH campaign in 2006 and 2007 which encouraged third party reporting of domestic violence incidents. developing and rolling out routine inquiry to all women attending antenatal clinics and encouraging similar responses for all social and health care agencies to identify victims of domestic violence.

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