Harriet Harman

Member of Parliament for Camberwell and Peckham. Mother of the House of Commons.

Prime Minister's Questions 7th July 2010

Today in Prime Minister's Questions I reminded the Prime Minister that there has been a lot of progress on tackling domestic violence, but still every year hundreds of thousands of women are victims of it. Many of the perpetrators are sent to prison, rightly in my view, but now the Justice Secretary has embarked on a sentencing review and has suggested that short sentences do not work. However, often what is needed in domestic violence cases is not rehabilitation, but a clear message to the perpetrator that it must not be repeated, and a clear message to the victim that the justice system takes this seriously.

I asked the Prime Minister to confirm that the sentencing review will not stop magistrates giving short prison sentences for domestic violence.

I also asked the Prime Minister if there will be fewer police officers at the end of this Parliament.

To read a full copy of what I said at Prime Minister's Questions, please click here.



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