On Tuesday 7 March, I asked the Secretary of State for Justice about re-offending rates for domestic violence perpetrators. After working for many years in this area, I am keen to keep up the pressure on the government to ensure that those convicted of domestic violence offences do not offend again once their sentences have been served.
“What steps is the Secretary of State taking to reduce reoffending by domestic violence perpetrators in prisons and in communities?”
“The hon. Lady is absolutely right that as we have got better at dealing with issues of domestic violence, there is more we can do. That is why I am leading a joint taskforce with the Home Secretary to look at the law around domestic violence. We are also ensuring that domestic violence victims are protected in the family court. Under the Prisons and Courts Bill, abusers will no longer be able to cross-examine domestic violence victims, and that is an important step forward.”
You can watch the exchange here: