Home Affairs Committee Press Notice


The Home Affairs Committee today announced an inquiry entitled ₓDomestic Violenceâ‚?. The Committee will inquire into the effectiveness of government action following the coming into force of the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004 and other initiatives to raise awareness of and more effectively target domestic violence. The Committee's inquiry will seek to assess the implementation of these measures, in particular those in the Act and the effectiveness of existing legislation. It will look at their impact in terms of increased reporting and convictions, and whether greater support is being provided for victims.

In addition to the wider picture on domestic violence, the inquiry will encompass the specific issues of forced marriages and so-called â‚Ëœhonour killings'.

The Committee will consider the effectiveness of action across different areas, including:

₠Public education and awareness-raising

₠Police powers and legal protections for victims

₠Criminal and civil justice processes, including the Specialist Domestic Violence Court Programme

₠Support for victims, including finance and refuge services

₠Perpetrator programmes

₠Multi-agency approaches, and what barriers exist to their effective operation.

The Committee is seeking written submissions of no more than 2,500 words from interested parties, before it takes oral evidence on this inquiry. Organisations and individuals interested in making written submissions are invited to do so by Monday 1 October 2007. Further advice on making a submission can be found overleaf.

Oral evidence sessions will be held in late 2007/early 2008: further announcements will be made in due course.

Guidance on submitting written evidence.

Written evidence should if possible be in Word or rich text format-not PDF format-and sent by e-mail to homeaffcom@parliament.uk. The use of colour and expensive-to-print material, e.g. photographs, should be avoided. The body of the e-mail must include a contact name, telephone number and postal address. The e-mail should also make clear who the submission is from.

Submissions must address the terms of reference. They should be in the format of a self-contained memorandum. Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference, and the document must include an executive summary. Further guidance on the submission of evidence can be found at www.parliament.uk/parliamentary_committees/witness.cfm.

Submissions should be original work, not previously published or circulated elsewhere, though previously published work can be referred to in a submission and submitted as supplementary material. Once submitted, your submission becomes the property of the Committee and no public use should be made of it unless you have first obtained permission from the Clerk of the Committee.

Please bear in mind that the Committee is not able to investigate individual cases.

The Committee normally, though not always, chooses to publish the written evidence it receives, either by printing the evidence, publishing it on the internet or making it publicly available through the Parliamentary Archives. If there is any information you believe to be sensitive you should highlight it and explain what harm you believe would result from its disclosure; the Committee will take this into account in deciding whether to publish or further disclose the evidence.

For data protection purposes, it would be helpful if individuals wishing to submit written evidence send their contact details in a covering letter or e-mail. You should be aware that there may be circumstances in which the House of Commons will be required to communicate information to third parties on request, in order to comply with its obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.