I was encouraged by the response from the Attorney General to my question today about domestic violence and the importance of perpetrator intervention programmes in preventing such abuse.
I was also able to sneak in a little plug for the new All-Party Parliamentary Group on Perpetrator Programmes I’m launching in Parliament next week!
I asked: “Mr Speaker, following prosecution, effective perpetrator interventions like those I worked with before I became an MP – so I do declare an interest – can help prevent domestic violence offenders becoming repeat offenders, so will the Attorney General encourage members across the house to join the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Perpetrator Programmes, which I am launching next week?”
Rt Hon Jeremy Wright QC MP, the Attorney-General, replied: “Mr Speaker, I’m not sure if I’m allowed to do endorsements but I entirely agree with what the honourable lady says and, may I say, what she has referred to is incredibly important. And I’m sure that across the house we’d all wish to pay tribute to the work she has done in the past. And it’s important because we need to make sure that across the spectrum of activities we can carry out we do all we can to reduce the incidence of domestic abuse before it happens. Far better to do that than to deal with these matters by prosecution, as she says. And I hope she’ll be able to contribute to the consultation that’s under way at the moment, and give the benefit of her wisdom to it.”
You can watch the exchange here: