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Prisoners: Females

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 30th January 2020.

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Photo of Chris Evans Chris Evans Labour/Co-operative, Islwyn

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many women serving a custodial sentence have been a victim of domestic violence.

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 2019, 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 2,437 women and 60,157 men.

From these totals 1,525 female prisoners were identified as having ever been the victim of domestic violence. This equates to 63% of female prisoners.

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 2019 are increased accordingly.

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