Our statement on Crown Prosecution Service’s annual report on Violence Against Women and Girls
Tuesday 6th September 2016
Polly Neate, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid, said:
“Survivors of domestic abuse are starting to have more confidence in the criminal justice system, which is why we are seeing another rise in the volume of prosecutions and convictions. However, we know that much more work is still needed, particularly in understanding of the nature and impact of coercive control, right across the criminal justice system.
“In particular, it is worrying that the volume of domestic abuse referrals from the police to the Crown Prosecution Service has decreased, as we know from the recent HMIC reports that the police are dealing with more cases of domestic abuse now than ever before – ‘Recorded cases rose 31% between 2013 and 2015, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) said’. Survivors of domestic abuse who report to the police deserve to have their case treated seriously and the perpetrator prosecuted wherever possible.
“We welcome the fact that the new legislation around revenge pornography is being used – but this is only a small number of convictions for a crime that we know is something many survivors of domestic abuse face. It is also positive to see the conviction rate in domestic abuse cases rising again this year. However, we believe there are still major improvements to be made.”