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Prisoners: Females

Home Office written question – answered on 14th February 2018.

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Photo of Carolyn Harris Carolyn Harris Shadow Minister (Equalities Office) (Women and Equalities)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make an assessment of the implications for her polices of the report by the Prison Reform Trust, Domestic abuse as a driver to women’s offending, published on 4 December 2017, that 57 per cent of women sent to prison are victims of domestic abuse.

Photo of Victoria Atkins Victoria Atkins The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, Minister for Women

The Government's Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) Strategy, backed by £100 million of dedicated funding, sets out the importance of meeting the needs of those with complex needs, which can include female offenders who are also survivors of VAWG, and who may experience additional barriers to accessing support.

As part of the Government’s major programme of work to transform our approach to domestic abuse we will work with partners to improve our response to female offenders who have been victims of abuse. This will include consideration of the recommendations in the Prison Reform Trust report.

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