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Debate on violence against women


MPs discussed the government's efforts to tackle violence against women in Westminster Hall on 21 January 2010.

Solicitor General Vera Baird said the government is keen to "shift up a gear" in the work it is doing around violence against women.

She highlighted plans to more than double the number of sexual assault referral centres by March 2011, and a funding boost of £1.6m to enhance the network.

"We want to increase reporting and conviction rates, ensure that victims are supported, improve the criminal justice response and maximise prevention," Ms Baird said.

Lib Dem MP Lynne Featherstone urged the government to consider using the law to force perpetrators of domestic violence to leave the family home - not victims.

"The logic is upside down," she said.

"In an ideal world the woman and the children should stay in situ, and the man should be excised," she said.

Conservative MP John Greenway said much progress had been made in recent decades but that there was "much more to do" - particularly in terms of attitudes among the younger generation.

"It is not acceptable to abuse or exploit women with impunity," he said.

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