Barbara Keeley MP

LABOUR MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR WORSLEY AND ECCLES SOUTH

Barbara welcomes new Specialist Domestic Violence Courts

Barbara has welcomed news of extra support for victims of domestic violence. Four new specialist courts are to be opened in the North West, including one in nearby Bolton.

Specialist Domestic Violence Courts promote a combined approach to tackling domestic violence by the police, the Crown prosecutors, magistrates, courts and probation, together with specialist support services for victims.

Welcoming the new courts, Barbara said:

“I’ve seen the good work undertaken by the Specialist Domestic Violence Court here in Salford and I’m pleased there will soon be four more operating in the North West. We know this approach is working – nationally, the number of prosecutions has nearly doubled in the past four years and an average of 72.5% of cases now result in a successful prosecution.

“Improving the safety of women experiencing domestic violence is a key priority for me and this is best achieved when the courts, police and specialist support groups work together so that more offenders can be brought to justice.

“What concerns me is that the Conservatives have indicated they would cut the public spending in Government departments by 1%. In the Home Office this means a cut of £160 million, which will endanger projects that support the most vulnerable people in society - including women who have been victims of violence.”

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