Veterans: Crimes of Violence

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 24th January 2018.

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Photo of Marion Fellows Marion Fellows SNP Whip, Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Small Business, Enterprise and Innovation)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to ensure that adequate measures for redress are in place for ex-servicemen and women who claim to have been the victims of physical and verbal abuse from other members of the armed forces during their service.

Photo of Tobias Ellwood Tobias Ellwood The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The Ministry of Defence is clear that it does not tolerate any form of abuse. We take all allegations very seriously and have mechanisms in place to ensure they are handled appropriately.

The avenues of redress open to former personnel who allege physical or verbal abuse from other members of the Armed Forces will depend on the circumstances of the case; including when and where the abuse took place and whether it amounts to a criminal assault.

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