Women’s Aid responds to the Crown Prosecution Service’s 10th annual report on Violence Against Women and Girls offences
Tuesday 10th October 2017
Katie Ghose, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid, said:
“When survivors report domestic abuse they need full confidence that their voices will be heard. The Crown Prosecution Service has made significant progress in prosecuting and convicting perpetrators of domestic abuse in the last ten years which helps keep women safe and sends an important message that domestic abuse is unacceptable. However, we know that more needs to be done to tackle domestic abuse and increase survivors’ confidence in the system.
“Offences of violence against women and girls now make up nearly one in five CPS cases. Although there has been a significant increase in police recording offences as domestic abuse-related, it is worrying that the volume of referrals from the police to the CPS has decreased yet again. Both the CPS and the police need to do much more to ensure sufficient evidence is collected to prosecute the perpetrator without relying on victim’s testimony.
“We also know from our work with survivors that coercive control is at the heart of domestic abuse and yet, since the criminalisation of coercive and controlling behaviour, only 309 offences have been charged and reached a first hearing. As a matter of urgency, there needs to be further training on identifying coercive control and effectively implementing the law throughout the criminal justice system.
“We look forward to working with the Crown Prosecution Service to ensure that domestic abuse, especially coercive and controlling behaviour, is treated seriously and perpetrators of domestic abuse are held to account.”
Read the Crown Prosecution Service’s 10th Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) report online here.
For further information, please contact the Women’s Aid press office: [email protected]