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Response to the Home Affairs Select Committee report on domestic violence, forced marriage and “honour”-based violence 01.08.08

The government’s response (published on 23rd July 2008) has unfortunately accepted only a few of the Committee’s recommendations. It has not, for example, chosen to take forward the recommendation in regard to giving stronger guidance on commissioning of services, nor has it committed to a co-ordinated strategy of public awareness raising. It has, however, agreed to some initiatives in regard to identifying and responding to the issue of forced marriage; and will implement s.9 of the Domestic Violence Crime and Victims Act 2004 on homicide reviews.