HC Deb 11 November 1999 vol 337 c795W
Mr. Gardiner

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research his Department has undertaken into the Canadian police campaign of zero tolerance of domestic violence and its suitability for the United Kingdom. [98288]

Mr. Charles Clarke

Earlier this year, the Home Office published "Domestic Violence Matters: an evaluation of a development project". This reported on a pilot domestic violence project in Islington, adapted from a scheme in London, Ontario. The project sought to establish a civilian crisis intervention service working with the police, promote a law enforcement response, and develop inter-agency links to encourage consistent and co-ordinated action. The report discusses current Canadian law enforcement policy in respect of domestic violence.

The Home Office has also published this year "Arresting Evidence: domestic violence and repeat victimisation" and "Policing Domestic Violence: effective organisational structures". The publications named are all available on the Home Office website www.homeoffice.gov.uk.

As part of the Crime Reduction Programme's component dealing with domestic violence, rape and sexual assault, reviews have been carried out of what is known from relevant research of different aspects of domestic violence and of the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of different interventions. Policing was amongst the areas covered.