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Asked on: 12 July 2018
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Homelessness: Domestic Violence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of victims of domestic abuse who have (a) slept rough and (b) experienced homelessness in each of the last five years.
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Answered by: Nigel Adams
Answered on: 17 July 2018

The Department does not hold information on the number of victims of domestic abuse who have slept rough and experienced homelessness in each of the last five years.

However, we know that in 2017/18, 1,330 households were accepted as homeless with the primary reason of acceptance being that they were vulnerable as a result of having fled their home because of domestic violence or the threat of domestic violence. These statistics are available for each local authority area, and previous years at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/live-tables-on-homelessness#detailed-local-authority-level-responses

Domestic abuse is a devastating crime that nobody should have to suffer. Supporting victims of domestic abuse is an absolute priority for this Government. Councils have a legal duty to provide accommodation to families and others who are vulnerable as a result of fleeing domestic abuse. The Homelessness Reduction Act requires councils to take reasonable steps for all eligible households who are homeless, to help them secure accommodation.

We are overhauling the statutory homelessness data collection alongside the introduction of the Homelessness Reduction Act. This will give us better insights into the causes of homelessness and the support people need, including where someone is accepted as homeless because they were vulnerable as a result of having fled their home because of domestic violence or the threat of domestic violence, alongside other reasons for acceptance.

We are also continuing to support the Women’s Aid Routes to Support and No Woman Turned Away projects, having already provided almost £889,000 between 2015 and 2018 for these projects. Routes to Support (formerly UK Refuges online) is part-funded by the Government and is a UK-wide online database containing information about domestic abuse and other violence against women services. No Woman Turned Away provides caseworker support to women facing difficulties in accessing refuge, including those at risk of or who have been sleeping rough or experiencing homelessness.

We have also commissioned an audit of domestic abuse service delivery - being run by Ipsos MORI – to give us a picture of provision across England, enabling us to understand what impact services are having and to identify gaps in provision.

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(Camberwell and Peckham)
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Named Day

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Asked on: 11 July 2018
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Domestic Violence: Refuges
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many victims of domestic abuse who presented at domestic violence refuges were unable to access domestic violence refuge services in (a) Southwark, (b) London and (c) England, in each of the last five years.
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Answered by: Nigel Adams
Answered on: 16 July 2018

The Government does hold the data requested. Domestic abuse is a life-shattering and abhorrent crime that nobody should have to suffer. The Government is committed to protecting victims of domestic abuse, and since 2015 we have provided almost £889,000 to Women’s Aid for two key projects, Routes to Support and No Woman Turned Away. Routes to Support (formerly UK Refuges online) is part-funded by the Government and is a UK-wide online database containing information about domestic abuse and other violence against women services. No Woman Turned Away provides caseworker support to women facing difficulties in accessing refuge. We are continuing to fund these vital projects in 2018/19.

We are also currently reviewing the provision of domestic abuse services, including refuge, in England. To inform our review, we have commissioned Ipsos MORI to run an audit of domestic abuse service delivery. This will give us a picture of provision across England, enabling us to understand what impact services are having and to identify gaps in provision.

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(Camberwell and Peckham)
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Named Day

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Asked on: 21 June 2018
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Housing: Greater London
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many rape complainants have been rehoused in (a) the constituency of Camberwell and Peckham, (b) the London Borough of Southwark, and (c) Greater London in each of the last seven years.
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Answered by: Nigel Adams
Answered on: 28 June 2018
Holding answer received on 26 June 2018

We are committed to ensuring that victims get the support they need to cope with and, as far as possible, recover from the terrible and often life-changing effects of crime.

We do not centrally hold the data for the number of rape complainants that have been rehoused in the constituencies of Camberwell and Peckham, the London Borough of Southwark, and within Greater London.

Local areas are best placed to understand local needs and the Government has devolved power and responsibility to local authorities, in this case the Mayor of London, and Police and Crime Commissioners for meeting those needs accordingly. We have set out a clear blueprint for locally-driven action, including to tackle sexual violence, through our National Statement of Expectations on Violence Against Women and Girls, which is supported by a Commissioning Toolkit which provides detailed, practical advice to local commissioners. This was developed with voluntary, community sector and statutory stakeholders, and sets out for the first time what local areas need to do to ensure an effective response to meeting the needs of all victims of violence against women and girls.

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(Camberwell and Peckham)
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 28 March 2018
Home Office
Knives: Crime
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much her Department has spent on tackling knife crime in each of the last seven years.
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Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 16 April 2018

It is not possible to disaggregate all funding for tackling knife crime as it is provided through a number of routes. This includes funding for police forces in England and Wales and our overall investment in policing will grow from £11.9 billion in 2015/16 to around £13 billion in 2018/19. Our work to tackle knife crime has been taken forward through the Ending Gang and Youth Violence programme and the subsequent Ending Gang Violence and Exploitation programme.

In October 2017, we launched our anti-knife crime Community Fund through which we awarded £765,000 to 47 successful projects to support local communities tackle knife crime, and we announced in March up to a £1million for a new round of the Community Fund in 2018/19 and this will be launched later this Spring. We have also just launched a new £1.3 million national media campaign under the banner of #knifefree which is aimed at 10 -21 years old and is aimed at bringing home the consequences of carrying a knife and to inspire young people to take up more positive activities.

On 9 April, we published the Serious Violence Strategy to take action to address serious violence and in particular the recent increases in knife crime, gun crime and homicide. The strategy represents a step change in the way we think and respond to serious violence. Our approach is not solely focused on law enforcement, very important as that is, but depends also on partnerships across a number of sectors such as education, health, social services, housing, youth services, victim services and others.

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(Camberwell and Peckham)
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 07 November 2017
Home Office
Female Genital Mutilation and Forced Marriage: Southwark
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of children under the age of 18 living in the London Borough of Southwark who have (a) undergone female genital mutilation in the UK, (b) undergone female genital mutilation abroad and (c) been subjected to a forced marriage in each of the last five years.
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Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 11 April 2018

So called 'honour-based' violence, including Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage, is a terrible form of abuse, and this Government is clear that we will not allow political or cultural sensitivities to get in the way of tackling it. Work to tackle these crimes is an integral part of our cross-Government Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) strategy, published last year.

The NHS FGM Enhanced Dataset provides information on the number of women and girls with FGM who are being cared for by the NHS in England and has been published quarterly and annually by NHS Digital since 2014. A detailed breakdown of these statistics by local authority, age at which FGM was carried out and country where FGM was undertaken is available online at http://content.digital.nhs.uk/fgm.

The joint Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Home Office Forced Marriage Unit (FMU) operates a public helpline to provide advice and support to victims of forced marriage as well as to professionals dealing with cases. Statistics on the number of cases dealt with by the FMU are published annually, including a breakdown by region and age and are available online at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/forced-marriage#statistics-on-forced-marriage-collected-by-fmu. The statistics are available for the region of London. However, they cannot be broken down into specific London boroughs for data protection reasons. For example, the number of cases from a specific borough may be low enough to allow a victim to be identified, and the FMU must safeguard those it supports.

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(Camberwell and Peckham)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 22 March 2018
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Domestic Violence: Refuges
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much funding from the public purse has been allocated by Government Departments to domestic violence refuges in each of the last seven years.
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Answered by: Mrs Heather Wheeler
Answered on: 27 March 2018

Since 2014 the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government have invested £33.5 million in services to support victims of domestic abuse, including refuges, through three funding streams available to local authorities:

  • The £10 million fund to local authorities (2014-2016) helped 148 local authorities strengthen refuge provision for victims and offer support to women from outside their own area.

  • The £3.5 million Domestic Abuse Fund (2015-2016) supported 46 local authorities and their partners to deliver 710 new bed spaces for 3,798 victims of domestic abuse.

  • The £20 million fund for domestic abuse services (2016-2018) funded 80 projects covering 258 local authorities in England creating more than 2,200 bed spaces and giving support to over 19,000 victims. We offered these 80 projects an additional £1.1 million in top up funding, and 77 projects received the additional funding on 22 March.

The remaining £20 million of the £40 million the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government secured at the 2015 Spending Review for domestic abuse services, including refuges, will be made available as early as possible from April. This will include launching a new fund, which will be open to all local areas across England to bid for a share.

In addition to this, on Monday 26 March Government announced the successful applicants to the latest round of Tampon Tax Funding. Of £15 million total, just over £ 3.6 million has been allocated to projects addressing domestic abuse.

In the previous round of funding, announced on 31 March 2017, around £7.5 million was allocated to projects addressing violence against women and girls.

Government has provided £100 million in dedicated funding to tackle violence against women and girls. This includes providing a secure future to rape support centres, national helplines, and the £ 17 million VAWG Service Transformation Fund

On 8 March the Government announced how £12 million of this funding will be used including:

  • £2 million to support domestic abuse work with female offenders and vulnerable women with complex needs;

  • £8 million fund to support children who witness domestic abuse; and

  • £2 million to extend a healthcare pathfinder pilot across further hospital trusts to help direct domestic abuse victims to the full range of services they need.

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(Camberwell and Peckham)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 07 December 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Refuges: Domestic Violence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether he plans to create a national system for funding domestic violence refuges.
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Answered by: Mr Marcus Jones
Answered on: 12 December 2017

We recognise that refuge provision is critical to the safety of victims of domestic abuse and their families.

In our Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy, Government committed to review the locally led approach to refuge provision two years after the launch of our £20 million fund for safe accommodation and local service reform. This review will cover funding for refuges, including the critical care and support costs, and will take place by November 2018. We are continuing to explore all options for future delivery of refuge services, including a national model for refuges. We are committed to working closely with our sector partners, drawing on their expertise and knowledge.

My Department has launched a tender for an audit of local authority commissioning of domestic abuse services, including refuge, which will inform our review.

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(Camberwell and Peckham)
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'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 07 December 2017
Department for Work and Pensions
Housing Benefit: Refuges
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will keep short-term supported housing within the welfare system to allow women to pay for placements in domestic violence refuges using housing benefit.
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Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 12 December 2017

The new short-term supported housing funding model, which is currently out for consultation, removes rental liability from Housing Benefit and Universal Credit claimants living in short term accommodation from 2020. Instead rent and eligible service charges will be directly funded by local authorities, through a ring-fenced grant. The current mechanism for funding support costs via local authorities will continue as now.

This will help vulnerable people at a difficult point in their lives, including those living in domestic violence refuges, by removing rental liability.

The consultation document was published on 31st October alongside the policy statement and can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/funding-for-supported-housing.

The consultation is open until the 23 January 2018.

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(Camberwell and Peckham)
Asked on: 13 November 2017
Ministry of Justice
Domestic Violence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions for offences involving domestic violence took place in each of the last five years.
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Answered by: Dr Phillip Lee
Answered on: 21 November 2017

The Ministry of Justice does not hold this data either for prosecutions or convictions. Offences involving domestic abuse can take various forms and are prosecuted under the offence in law that best reflects their nature and circumstances, for example, harassment or assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

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(Camberwell and Peckham)
Asked on: 07 November 2017
Home Office
Domestic Violence Protection Orders: Southwark
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how a many domestic violence orders have been issued by courts to people in (a) Camberwell and Peckham constituency and (b) the London Borough of Southwark in each of the last five years.
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Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 15 November 2017

Domestic Violence Protection Orders (DVPOs), which can prevent the perpetrator from returning to a residence and from having contact with the victim for up to 28 days, were rolled out across England and Wales from March 2014.

Latest Ministry of Justice figures show that between April 2015 and March 2016, 3,951 DVPOs have been issued by Magistrates’ Courts. The Home Office does not hold data disaggregated to constituency or London borough level.

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(Camberwell and Peckham)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 11 September 2017
Attorney General
Rape: Trials
Commons
To ask the Attorney General, with reference to the Government's review of subsection 41 of the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999, (a) what exercises were carried out to collate that information, (b) from what source the information has been obtained and (c) when his Department plans to publish the review.
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Answered by: Jeremy Wright
Answered on: 14 September 2017

The work on section 41 has been led by officials in my Office and at the Ministry of Justice. They have sought a range of views from those familiar with how the legislation operates in practice as well as those who provide support to victims of sexual violence. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has reviewed a sample of finalised rape prosecution files to assess the frequency and outcome of applications to introduce a complainant’s sexual history under section 41.

The Lord Chancellor and I will give our response to that work as soon as we can.

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(Camberwell and Peckham)
[N]
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Asked on: 20 July 2017
Home Office
Rape
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many allegations of rape were reported to the police in each of the last five years in England and Wales.
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Answered by: Mr Nick Hurd
Answered on: 05 September 2017

The Home Office publishes information on the number of rapes recorded by the police by the police forces in England and Wales. These figures are published in Table A4 in the Office for National Statistics publication Crime in England and Wales: Year ending March 2017, available here:https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/crimeandjustice/datasets/crimeinenglandandwalesappendixtables

The Home Office does not hold information on the number of people charged with offences of rape. Information on the number of people charged with rape offences is the responsibility of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). The CPS publish data on rape in their annual Violence against Women and Girls crime report. The latest publication, for 2015-2016, is available here: http://www.cps.gov.uk/data/violence_against_women/vawg_2015_16_report.html

Grouped Questions: 6847
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(Camberwell and Peckham)
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Named Day

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Asked on: 20 July 2017
Home Office
Rape
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were charged with the offence of rape in each of the last five years in England and Wales.
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Answered by: Mr Nick Hurd
Answered on: 05 September 2017

The Home Office publishes information on the number of rapes recorded by the police by the police forces in England and Wales. These figures are published in Table A4 in the Office for National Statistics publication Crime in England and Wales: Year ending March 2017, available here:https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/crimeandjustice/datasets/crimeinenglandandwalesappendixtables

The Home Office does not hold information on the number of people charged with offences of rape. Information on the number of people charged with rape offences is the responsibility of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). The CPS publish data on rape in their annual Violence against Women and Girls crime report. The latest publication, for 2015-2016, is available here: http://www.cps.gov.uk/data/violence_against_women/vawg_2015_16_report.html

Grouped Questions: 6849
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(Camberwell and Peckham)
Asked on: 20 July 2017
Ministry of Justice
Sexual Offences
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will update the 2013 Overview of Sexual Offending in England and Wales joint official statistics bulletin on sexual violence.
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Answered by: Dr Phillip Lee
Answered on: 05 September 2017

The data contained in the chapters of “An Overview of Sexual Offending” continues to be updated and published. Since the publication, all three departments involved have developed the sources and outputs to provide for greater detail on sexual offences and rape. Latest data from the constituent chapters, including new presentations, can be found here:

Crime Survey for England and Wales (ONS):

https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcomunity/crimeand justice/bulletins/crimeenglandandwales/yearendingmar2017

Police activity and outcomes (Home Office):

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/crime-outcomes-in-england-and-wales-2016-to-2017

Court proceedings and sentencing (MoJ):

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/criminal-justice-system-statistics-quarterly-december-2016

Court timeliness (MoJ):

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/criminal-court-statistics

Offender histories data (MoJ) – see all offending history tools:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/criminal-justice-system-statistics-quarterly-december-2016

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