Crimes of Violence

Home Office written question – answered on 8th December 2014.

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Photo of Chuka Umunna Chuka Umunna Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she plans to take to ensure that a multi-agency approach is taken to address gender-based violence; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Lynne Featherstone Lynne Featherstone The Minister of State, Home Department

The Coalition Government has made the tackling of violence against women and girls a high priority. Our approach is set out in our strategy, ‘Call to End Violence Against Women and Girls’ published in November 2010, together with a

supporting Action Plan. A revised version of the Action Plan was published in March 2014 and contains 150 actions across Government departments.

The Home Secretary chairs the Inter-Ministerial Group on violence against women and girls which meets quarterly and oversees the co-ordination of cross-departmental activity to tackle violence against women and girls.

For the first time, this Government has put stable funding in place, ring-fencing nearly £40 million for specialist local domestic and sexual violence support services, rape crisis centres, and national helplines. Local domestic and sexual abuse co-ordinators provide an important local strategic lead on this issue, linking statutory and voluntary partner agencies and promoting and improving multi-agency approaches to tackling sexual and domestic violence.

In July, we published a report to share findings from the Home Office funded project to better understand the multi-agency information sharing models that are in place. These models, the most common of which is referred to as a

Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH), aim to improve the safeguarding response for children and vulnerable adults through better information sharing and high quality and timely safeguarding responses.

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