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Labour policy on Domestic Violence - 1999-2010

Published Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The Labour Government introduced a number of reforms to the legal remedies for victims of domestic violence, and introduced a number of non-legislative measures. This note examines the development of Labour policy in this area.

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The Labour Government introduced a number of reforms to the legal remedies for victims of domestic violence, principally through the Domestic Violence Crime and Victims Act 2004 and through the Crime and Security Act 2010. It also introduced non-legislative measures such as Specialist Domestic Violence Courts, Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conferences and Independent Domestic Violence Advisers. This standard note examines the development of Labour policy in this area, and the changes to the law which Labour introduced. Library Standard Note Domestic Violence looks at the present Government’s policies as well as giving an overview of the subject. Library Standard Note Library Standard Note 727, Domestic violence: A Select Bibliography provides sources of further reading.

Commons Briefing papers SN03989

Author: Pat Strickland

Topic: Crimes of violence

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