Prime Minister's Questions: Domestic Violence

21st May 2008

Brooks Newmark challenges the PM over the sharp increase in domestic violence cases over the past year whilst in the same period the conviction rate has fallen to 5%.


Mr. Brooks Newmark (Braintree) (Con): Does the Prime Minister share my concern about the fact that, according to Home Office figures, domestic violence has almost trebled from 241,000 to 658,000 instances in the past year alone, yet the conviction rate has fallen from 11 per cent. to a paltry 5 per cent.?

The Prime Minister: One of the reasons why more people are coming forward to report domestic violence is that we are making available far bigger advice services and far more support for the victims of domestic violence. When it comes to taking action and the expenditure that is necessary for those advice services, I hope that the hon. Gentleman will renounce his membership of the No Turning Back group and support the additional public spending that is necessary.


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