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At a glance: Anti-violence measures
Home Secretary Jacqui Smith is launching a new action plan to tackle serious violence. Here are the key points:

  • A presumption to prosecute those found carrying a knife, and tougher sentences for knife crime.
  • Providing police with 100 portable knife arches and 400 search wands immediately, and making more available over the next year.
  • A 1m campaign to challenge the 'glamour', fear and peer pressure that can drive young people to knife crime and offer more than one million young people access to workshops on the dangers of weapons.
  • Invest over 20m over three years to support the rollout of multi-agency interventions and information sharing involving local police, councils, voluntary groups and health workers across the country to manage and identify people at risk of committing serious violence as well as providing support for victims.
  • Increasing the number of Sexual Assault Referral Centres for victims of sexual violence from 19 to 48 to cover every part of the country.
  • Greater protection for children from sex offenders, including a pilot in Cleveland, Cambridgeshire, Hampshire and Warwickshire Police force areas, allowing for the increased disclosure of child sex offenders' convictions to certain members of the public.
  • New controls on deactivated weapons.
  • Working with police to identify key gang members and enhance the use of covert surveillance and implement targeted, multi-agency crackdowns.
  • Strengthening special measures such as live links and anonymity to protect witnesses at the earliest possible stage of the criminal justice system.
  • Rolling out the Specialist Domestic Violence Court model to cover other forms of violence to ensure sensitive cases can be heard in a safe and protected environment.
  • Implementing the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings to ensure minimum standards and rights to victims of human trafficking.
  • Working with industry to tackle offensive content on the internet and the representation of violence in video games, films and other media.
  • Developing a national strategy for tackling honour-based violence.


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