Domestic Violence

Plenary on 2003-12-10
Session date: 
December 10, 2003
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
Toby Harris



Answer for Domestic Violence

Answer for Domestic Violence

Answered By: 
Toby Harris

Domestic violence, at its most serious, accounts for a quarter of all the capital's homicides. It is a crime that affects people from right across society, but usually the most vulnerable. It is therefore very high on the MPA's list of priorities for the Met (Metropolitan Police). We and others concerned must continue to drive home the message that domestic violence is a crime. We must strive for even more effective working between the agencies concerned to make sure that offenders are quickly brought to justice.

When the new Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Bill becomes law it will provide significant new powers against domestic violence. The MPS has done a lot of innovative work in this field, such as reviewing domestic violence murders, and using the lessons learned to develop a risk assessment process that will allow earlier and more effective interventions. I am confident that with the provisions contained in the Bill the service to victims of domestic violence will improve. .