Peter Aldous calls on the Government to improve support for domestic abuse programmes

5th December 2016
Peter Aldous calls on the Government to improve support for domestic abuse programmes, in particular help in dealing with perpetrators who are sent on these programmes by the Courts, yet are uninterested and show no remorse.

T2. The Waveney domestic violence forum is concerned that judges are requiring it to admit to its caring dads programme violent fathers who are uninterested and show no remorse. It is finding it difficult to run these programmes when some attendees want to be there and others do not. Will Ministers work with the Ministry of Justice to resolve this problem? [907655]

 

My hon. Friend raises an important point, and I appreciate the concerns of the Waveney domestic violence forum. I can assure him that I am working closely with the Secretary of State for Justice to improve the family justice response to domestic abuse, and with the judiciary to consider what additional protections might be necessary. We are also supporting innovative pilots, working with perpetrators of domestic abuse, which include disruption as well as support.

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