HC Deb 08 June 1998 vol 313 c477W
Mr. Kidney

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what support her Department gives to those fleeing domestic violence. [42928]

Ms Ruddock

Income-related benefits are available to women fleeing domestic violence. However, we are aware that women are not always offered the full range of support services they may need.

As Ministers for Women, tackling violence against women is one of out three key priorities. In drawing up our National Strategy, we are consulting with experts in the field of domestic violence, and listening to the views of women who have suffered domestic violence, to build a strategy to help prevent domestic violence; protect those who suffer it; and bring to justice those who perpetrate it.