Crimes of violence

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on crimes of violence. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Commons Briefing Papers

DateDescription
09.02.2016A new victims' law in 2016?
There have been many calls for reform of the law on victims' rights in England and Wales. This Briefing Paper looks at how the Victims' Code has developed; funding and commissioning of services; and proposals for new legislation from the main parties and others.
09.02.2016Knives and offensive weapons
This briefing provides information on the two main categories of offence relating to knives and offensive weapons in England and Wales: offences relating to possession and offences relating to sale and supply. This briefing sets out the various offences and sentences which are contained in a number of pieces of legislation. It also describes police guidance on cautioning and charging and government policy on knife crime.
07.01.2016Extreme pornography: UK law
The Commons Library has produced a briefing paper on the legislation relating to the possession of extreme pornography.
26.11.2015Legal aid for victims of domestic abuse
The LASPO Act 2012 reduced the scope of civil legal aid. Controversy surrounds its provision for private family law cases where, to be eligible, clients must provide evidence of domestic abuse.
07.08.2015Sentences of Imprisonment for Public Protection
The previous Government abolished sentences of imprisonment for public protection (IPPs) for offenders in 2012 and introduced new sentences. The change was not made retrospective, and around 4,600 prisoners were still serving IPPs in March 2015. This note looks at the issues.
12.02.2015Serious Crime Bill: Progress of the Bill
The Serious Crime Bill [HL] 2013-14 had its second reading in the Commons on 5 January 2015. Library Research Paper 14/67 Serious Crime Bill provides background on the proposals in the Bill.
10.02.2015Domestic violence
In February 2014, the police's response to domestic abuse was described by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) as "not good enough". In response, the Home Secretary announced that every police force would have an action plan for improving their response in place by September 2014 and that she would establish a national oversight group to monitor progress. On 19 August 2014 the Home Secretarylaunched an 8 week consultation on strengthening current laws on domestic violence.
21.01.2015Forced marriage
The Anti-social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 has criminalised both forced marriage and breach of a Forced Marriage Protection Order. This note gives background.
18.12.2014Serious Crime Bill
This Bill would make changes aimed to strengthen the law on the recovery of the proceeds of crime. It would make amendments to the Computer Misuse Act 1990 to update existing offences. It would also provide for a new offence of participating in the activities of an organised crime group and make changes to Serious Crime Prevention Orders and gang injunctions. The Bill would provide for the seizure and forfeiture of substances used as drug-cutting agents. It would also amend the offence of child cruelty, create a new offence relating to the possession of 'paedophile manuals' and amend the law on Female Genital Mutilation. The Bill would create a new offence of unauthorised possession of a knife or other offensive weapon in prison and confer extra-territorial jurisdiction on the courts in respect of certain terrorism offences.
27.11.2014Criminal Justice and Courts Bill - Lords Amendments
This paper is designed to provide background information for Consideration of Lords Amendments of the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill, which is due to take place on 1 December 2014

Lords Library Notes

DateDescription
10.09.2015Treatment of LGBTI Citizens Worldwide
This Library Note has been written to support the House of Lords debate on the global treatment of LGBTI citizens.
03.11.2014Women Facing Homelessness, Domestic Violence and Social Exclusion
On 6 November 2014, the House of Lords is scheduled to debate the following motion: 'that this House takes note of women facing homelessness, domestic violence and social exclusion'.

POSTnotes

DateDescription
16.12.2015Policing Domestic Abuse
Domestic abuse refers to a range of behaviours - psychological, physical, sexual, financial and emotional - that are directed towards partners, ex-partners or family members. This POSTnote examines the prevalence and nature of domestic abuse and the policing response. It examines how the policing response could be informed by research about the effectiveness of current and alternative approaches, and the possible benefits for victims, their families and offenders.

Select Committee Reports

DateDescription
19.07.2011Follow up on domestic violence, forced marriage and 'honour'-based violence.
Government response. Home Office report [Commons]
14.08.2009Knife crime.
Government response. Home Office report [Commons]
20.05.2009Knife crime.
Home Affairs Select Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

DateDescription
14.11.2011CALL OF DUTY 3
That this House is deeply concerned about the recently released video game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, in which players engage in gratuitous acts of violence against members ...
25.10.2011CLAIMS UNDER THE RIOT (DAMAGES) ACT 1886
That this House notes the Prime Minister's commitment to meet legitimate claims under the Riot (Damages) Act 1886by police authorities in areas where the recent public disorder took ...
25.10.2011SUPERMARKETS AND CLAIMS UNDER THE RIOT (DAMAGES) ACT 1886
That this House notes the different responses of different retailers following the recent public disorder in Manchester; applauds the decision of Sainsbury's to refuse to claim under ...
11.10.2011VIOLENCE AGAINST SHOPWORKERS
That this House applauds the members and representatives of the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (USDAW) for their Freedom From Fear Campaign, which seeks to bring together ...
14.09.2011KILLING OF MOHAJIR PEOPLE IN PAKISTAN
That this House is deeply concerned at continuing reports of the large-scale murder of Urdu-speaking Mohajir people in Karachi and Sind region in Pakistan, including shootings in broad ...

Glossary

  • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses