Women’s Aid responds to CPS VAWG report
12th September 2019
Adina Claire, Acting Co-Chief Executive of Women’s Aid, said:
“The steep fall in prosecutions and convictions of perpetrators is extremely worrying, especially for survivors of domestic and sexual abuse who deserve justice from our legal system. We need urgent action and a commitment from government that the domestic abuse bill will be back on the table as soon as possible. Low figures for rape convictions are unacceptable and we are concerned they will stop women from coming forward and seeking a criminal justice response.
While we welcome the increase in charges of coercive control offences, the total number of convictions for this crime are still woefully low. The police and the CPS are under immense strain. It’s imperative that all frontline officers are given the specialist training programme, Domestic Abuse Matters, which Women’s Aid is helping to roll out across forces. The government must deliver the resources the police need to manage domestic abuse cases effectively and bring every perpetrator to justice.”
If you are worried that your partner, or that of a friend or family member, is controlling and abusive, you can contact the Freephone 24-hour National Domestic Violence Helpline, run in partnership between Women’s Aid and Refuge, on 0808 2000 247 or visit www.womensaid.org.uk.
For more information, please contact the Women’s Aid press office: 020 7566 2511 / [email protected]