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Prisoners: Domestic Violence

Justice written question – answered on 19th October 2012.

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Photo of Andrew Stephenson Andrew Stephenson Conservative, Pendle

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what support his Department provides to (a) male and (b) female inmates who have experienced domestic violence.

Photo of Helen Grant Helen Grant The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Women and Equalities

The Government are committed to supporting all victims of domestic and sexual violence and abuse.

Disclosure of information about domestic violence can be extremely difficult and traumatic for the individual, and we aim to provide support and help to all prisoners who need it as part of the rehabilitation services offered in custody. Some ways in which prisons achieve this include ensuring that staff create an environment where offenders:

feel able to disclose in confidence always receive a sensitive and professional response have access to appropriate and relevant information are referred to appropriate services if required.

Governors can also commission and/or deliver specific services or activities that support individuals who have experienced domestic violence, rape or abuse.

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