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Prisoners: Domestic Abuse

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 5th November 2019.

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Photo of Philip Davies Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 23 October 2019 to Question 1636, on Prisoners: Domestic Abuse, and with reference to the Answer of 9 October 2018 to Question 174010, on Prisoners: Domestic Abuse, if he will make an estimate using the Offender Assessment System.

Photo of Philip Davies Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 24 October 2019 to Question 1635, on Prisoners: Domestic Abuse, and with reference to the Answer of 9 October 2018 to Question 174010, on Prisoners: Domestic Abuse, for what reasons an estimate could not be made using the Offender Assessment System.

Photo of Lucy Frazer Lucy Frazer The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

The latest data available relates to those in custody on 30 June 2018, aged 18 and over. Information is available for individuals whose relationship status had been assessed by that date on the Offender Assessment System, which accounts for 2,678 women and 62,830 men. i) From these totals 4,258 male prisoners were identified as having ever been the victim of domestic violence. This equates to 7% of male prisoners. ii) From these totals, 22% of female prisoners were identified as having ever been the perpetrator of domestic violence. This is 597 female perpetrators.

Figures for the extent of Offender Assessment System coverage exclude “layer 1” assessments, which do not include questions on domestic violence. Previous figures quoted for 2017 in the Answer of 9 October to Question 174010 included these, so percentages for 2018 are increased accordingly.

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