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    • Commons Briefing papers: 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.
    • Lords Library Notes: 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.
    • POSTbriefs: Responsive policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on mini-literature reviews and peer review, typically commissioned by select committees and library research services.
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Knife Crime: Government Policy
Published Thursday, June 20, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0082
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the forthcoming debate on the impact of government policy on knife crime.
Incidence of Antisemitism Worldwide
Published Thursday, June 13, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0075
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the forthcoming debate on the incidence of antisemitism worldwide.
Sentences of Imprisonment for Public Protection
Published Thursday, June 6, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN06086
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 2,400 prisoners were still serving IPPs in March 2019. There have been calls for change.
Support Available to Victims of Domestic Violence and Abuse
Published Friday, May 31, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0065
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate on domestic violence and abuse which is due to take place in the House of Lords on 6 June 2019.
Knife Crime: Policy and Causes
Published Tuesday, May 21, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0061
This House of Lords Library Briefing explores current government policy in relation to knife crime and some of the possible causes of the recent increase in violent crime.
Serious violence
Published Tuesday, May 14, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0122
A general debate on Serious violence has been scheduled for 15 May 2019.
Early Interventions to Reduce Violent Crime
Published Tuesday, April 16, 2019 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0599
Violent crime includes a range of offences, from assault to murder. It can be any action that intentionally inflicts (or threatens) physical or psychological damage. Over the past decade overall crime has decreased, and violent crime is down by 69% since 1995. However, homicides and crimes involving knives or sharp instruments have risen since 2014. This has been reflected in an increase in hospital admissions for assaults with knives or sharp instruments. Violent offences are disproportionately concentrated in metropolitan areas, such as London and cities in West Yorkshire, Greater Manchester and the West Midlands. This POSTnote outlines types and prevalence of violent crime. It describes risk factors associated with involvement as a victim or perpetrator of violent crime. It then presents evidence on the effectiveness of early interventions to counter these risk factors and prevent violent crime.
Hate Crime Statistics
Published Thursday, March 28, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8537
This briefing paper looks at Hate Crime in England & Wales using figures provided by the Crime Survey of England and Wales (CSEW) and the Police Recorded Crime Series. The paper also presents data on hate crime rates per 100,000 population in each police force area and for each hate crime strand. It also looks at similar figures in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Offensive Weapons Bill 2017-19 (HC Bill 232)
Published Monday, March 25, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8349
The Offensive Weapons Bill 2017-19 (HC Bill 232) was published on 20 June 2018. Consideration of Lords amendments is due to take place on 26 March 2019.
Knives and offensive weapons
Published Thursday, March 21, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN00330
This briefing 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. It also describes police guidance on cautioning and charging and the Government's policy on knife crime.
The Twentieth Anniversary of the Macpherson Report
Published Friday, February 22, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0052
The following provides background for the debate on a motion relating to the twentieth anniversary of the Macpherson Report
Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Wednesday, February 20, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0022
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading of the Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Bill in the House of Lords on 1 March 2019.
Antisemitism in modern society
Published Tuesday, February 19, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0042
A general debate on antisemitism in modern society
Anti-Social Behaviour
Published Wednesday, February 6, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0029
On 7 February 2019 there will be a general debate on anti-social behaviour, sponsored by Diana Johnson.
International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation: 6 February 2019
Published Friday, February 1, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0016
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, to be marked on 6 February 2019.
Offensive Weapons Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Tuesday, December 18, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0143
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading of the Offensive Weapons Bill in the House of Lords on 7 January 2019.
Stalking and Harassment
Published Monday, December 17, 2018 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0592
Stalking and harassment both involve any repeated behaviour that would cause alarm, distress or fear of violence in a victim. Common stalking or harassment behaviours include unwanted contact online or in person, following a victim, and interfering with property. Stalking is characterised by a perpetrator’s fixation or obsession and can have long-term psychological and social effects on a victim. Stalking also has the potential to escalate to other crimes, such as sexual assault or murder. This POSTnote describes stalking and harassment before presenting evidence on the effectiveness of approaches to identifying, preventing and prosecuting these crimes.
Public Health Model to reduce youth violence
Published Wednesday, December 12, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0274
A general debate on a Public Health Model to reduce youth violence is scheduled for Thursday 13 December 2018.
International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women: 25 November 2018
Published Friday, November 23, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0128
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November 2018.

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