Violence Against Women and Girls Scrutiny Panel

We welcome feedback about the service we provide. It is an important part of helping us to continue to improve what we do and how we do it.

As part of this, we have a Local Scrutiny and Involvement Panel (LSIP) with representatives from each of the four counties in the East of England Area.

The community representatives look at our work and policies and give us their views and ideas on how we can do things better.

The panel meetings also give us an opportunity to explain the work that we do to representatives of our local communities.

In June 2013 we held the first meeting of a new scrutiny panel which looks at Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG).
Violence against Women and Girls includes crimes that affect women disproportionately such as domestic violence, rape, sexual offences, forced marriage, honour-based violence and other crimes perpetrated primarily, but not exclusively, by men against women.

This is unacceptable and it is against the law. Whilst recognising that these issues mainly affect women, our policies address both women and men as victims/survivors or alleged perpetrators of these incidents.

CPS East of England has a good record in prosecuting VAWG cases with an overall conviction rate of 80 per cent compared to the national average of 74 per cent. However, there is still much learning to be done by all agencies in this area to better protect the public, and it is important, therefore, for us to invite feedback and comments from the Panel on how we can improve performance and better support victims and witnesses.