Crimes of violence

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  • 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

    08.09.2016Knives and offensive weapons
    This Commons Library briefing paper 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.
    16.08.2016Firearm Crime Statistics: Scotland
    This briefing paper examines firearm offence statistics produced by the Scottish Government Recorded Crimes and Offences Involving Firearms bulletin. The latest bulletin was published in June 2015.
    13.07.2016Firearm Crime Statistics: England & Wales
    This briefing paper examines firearm offence statistics produced by the Home Office Crime in England & Wales bulletin (published by the ONS).
    07.06.2016Sentences of Imprisonment for Public Protection
    The Coalition Government abolished the much criticised sentences of imprisonment for public protection (IPPs) in 2012. However, the change was not made retrospective, and around 4,600 prisoners were still serving IPPs in March 2015. The Justice Secretary Michael Gove has recently asked the Parole Board to develop an "improved approach".
    26.05.2016A new victims' law in England and Wales?
    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.
    06.05.2016Domestic violence in England and Wales
    This Commons Library briefing paper looks at how domestic violence is defined, how widespread the problem is, and some of the civil and criminal remedies that are available for victims.
    26.04.2016Domestic violence: a select bibliography
    Domestic violence: a select bibliography.
    14.04.2016Commons Library analysis: Legal aid for victims of domestic abuse
    The LASPO Act 2012 reduced the scope of civil legal aid. Controversy still surrounds its provision for private family law cases where, to be eligible, people seeking legal aid must provide evidence of domestic abuse.
    07.01.2016Extreme pornography: UK law
    This Commons Library briefing paper looks at the law relating to the possession of extreme pornography.
    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.

    Lords Library Notes

    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'.


    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

    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

    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 ...
    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 ...
    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 ...
    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 ...
    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 ...


    • 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