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Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004

Section 41: Information

125.Section 41 also follows on fromsection 39 and requires the board to inform a victim who has so requested to receive information specified in that section, whether the offender is to be subject to conditions in the event that he is discharged under the powers in the Mental Health Act 1983, and if so, to provide details of any such conditions relating to contact with the victim or his family. It also requires the board to notify him of the date on which any restrictions will cease to have effect. The board is also required to inform the victim if the offender is to be subject to any licence conditions or supervision requirements in the event of his release and to inform him of any such conditions or requirements which relate to contact with him or his family. In addition the board should provide the victim with any other information it considers appropriate.

126.So that the board is in a position to comply with these obligations, the Home Secretary must inform the board if he is considering discharging the offender under the 1983 Act powers. He must also give the board information regarding any conditions of discharge or recall to hospital, and the date on which restrictions will cease to have effect if he is lifting them.

127.If an application or reference is made to a Mental Health Review Tribunal it must inform the board if it is going to discharge the offender under the 1983 Act powers; it must also give the board information regarding conditions of discharge and when restrictions will cease if the tribunal grants an absolute discharge.

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