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Domestic Violence

Justice written question – answered on 18th June 2009.

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Photo of Dominic Grieve Dominic Grieve Shadow Attorney General, Shadow Secretary of State

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Harborough of 6 October 2008, Official Report, columns 172-3W, on domestic violence, what the average period of time before offenders convicted of offences of domestic violence or abuse commenced integrated domestic abuse programmes was in each probation area in England and Wales in 2008-09.

Photo of Jack Straw Jack Straw The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

The following table shows the average number of weeks that elapse from the date of sentence for offences of violence or abuse to the commencement of domestic violence programme requirements in probation areas for 2008-09.

These figures have been drawn from administrative data systems. Although care is taken when processing and analysing the returns, the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system.

Average number of weeks that elapse from the date of sentence to the commencement of domestic abuse programme requirement in probation areas 2008-09
Probation area Weeks
Avon and Somerset 22.9
Bedfordshire 16.4
Cambridgeshire 21.5
County Durham 19.0
Cumbria 25.0
Derbyshire 22.0
Devon and Cornwall 14.7
Dorset 17.6
Dyfed-Powys 19.4
Essex 25.4
Gloucestershire 14.1
Gwent 22.3
Hampshire 15.6
Hertfordshire 11.6
Humberside 17.5
Kent 16.6
Lancashire 15.7
Leicestershire and Rutland 19.8
Lincolnshire 16.3
London 8.4
Merseyside 15.3
Norfolk 18.0
North Wales 11.2
Northamptonshire 20.8
Northumbria 15.4
North Yorkshire 6.4
Nottinghamshire 12.6
South Wales 2.1
South Yorkshire 11.3
Staffordshire 15.6
Suffolk 13.5
Surrey 20.6
Sussex 21.0
Teesside 28.4
Thames Valley 2.3
Warwickshire 1.6
West Mercia 20.4
West Midlands 13.4
West Yorkshire 21.1
Wiltshire 20.7

Data are not available for Cheshire or Greater Manchester probation areas. Figures presented do not account for pre programme work undertaken with Offender Manager.

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