Advanced Search

Violence Against Women and Girls

Introduction

The CPS developed a Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) strategy, not only as a result of the importance the Service places on improving prosecutions of these crimes and supporting victims, but also in recognition of the United Nations, Council of Europe and End Violence Against Women Campaign initiatives and as part of the cross-government VAWG strategy (the cross-government VAWG narrative and action plans are available from the Home Office website. Our commitment to this work is reflected in the fact that CPS includes Violence Against Women and Girls in its key priorities. This section provides links to policy and guidance reports on Violence against Women and prosecution performance information. It includes VAWG work in relation to:

  • domestic violence;
  • forced marriage;
  • honour-based violence;
  • female genital mutilation;
  • rape and sexual offences;
  • prostitution;
  • trafficking;
  • child abuse; and
  • pornography

In recognising these forms of violence against women and girls, the CPS does not neglect abuse directed towards men or perpetrated by women. Male victims will receive the same access to protection and legal redress and the gender of the perpetrator does not make any difference to the CPS approach to bringing offenders to justice.

Performance Information

Title

CPS Violence against Women and Girls crime report 2013-2014

Description

This is the seventh Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) annual report, and covers the following strands of Violence against Women and Girls for 2013-14: child abuse; domestic violence; forced marriage; harassment; honour-based violence; human trafficking; pornography; prostitution; and rape and sexual offences.

Format

Available to download in Adobe Acrobat PDF/Microsoft Excel spreadsheet
CPS Violence against Women and Girls crime report 2013-2014 - English PDF
CPS Violence against Women and Girls crime report 2013-2014 - Welsh PDF
CPS Violence against Women and Girls crime report 2013-2014 - Statistics (Microsoft Excel spreadsheet)
Underlying data relating to the seventh CPS Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) annual report

Title

Violence against Women and Girls Strategy 2008-2011: An assessment of success

Description

This document looks at the success of the CPS' Violence against Women and Girls strategy for the period 2008-2011 and the key areas that need to be focused on going forward.

Format

Available to download in Adobe Acrobat PDF
CPS' Violence against Women and Girls Strategy 2008-2011: An assessment of success - English PDF
CPS' Violence against Women and Girls Strategy 2008-2011: An assessment of success - Welsh PDF

Policy and Guidance

Title

Rape Action Plan

Description

The Crown Prosecution Service and the Police have published a joint Rape Action Plan following a National Scrutiny Panel held to consider the falling levels of referrals of rape cases as well as wider issues related to their investigation and prosecution. This Action Plan marks an important step in further improving our response to rape cases and vicitims.

Format

Available to download in Adobe Acrobat PDF
Rape Action Plan - approx 181kb

DPP action plan on female genital mutilation

Description

Keir Starmer QC, the Director of Public Prosecutions, has published his action plan on improving prosecutions for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

Format

Available to download in Adobe Acrobat PDF
DPP action plan on female genital mutilation

Title

Violence Against Women Strategy and Action Plans

Description

The CPS Violence Against Women (VAW) strategy sets out the vision for developing our VAW work, building on the work of 2006-07, and provides supporting action plans for future work.

Format

Available online in this section and to download in Adobe Acrobat PDF
Violence Against Women Strategy and Action Plans (opens in new window)
Violence Against Women Strategy and Action Plans - English - PDF
Violence Against Women Strategy and Action Plans - Welsh - PDF

Title

Violence against Women Legal Guidance

Description

This sets out the CPS' policy and guidance in relation to violence against women and girls.

Format

Available online in the Legal Guidance section on this site
Violence Against Women Legal Guidance (opens in new window)

Title

Equality and Diversity Impact Assessment on the Violence against Women Strategy and Action Plan

Description

This impact assessment was carried out to assess the likely impact of the strategy and to help establish if there was any significant disproportionality in terms of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexuality, religion or belief or age.

Format

Available online in the Publications section on this site
Impact Assessment on the Violence against Women Strategy and Action Plan (opens in new window)

Title

An Employee's Guide on Violence Against Women

Description

A guide for CPS members of staff, managers and colleagues on violence against women, addressing women and men as victims/survivors or alleged perpetrators of these incidents.

Format

Available to download from the Publications section on this site
An Employee's Guide on Violence Against Women (PDF - opens in new window)

Title

Domestic Violence Prosecution Policy and Guidance

Description

This sets out the CPS' policy and guidance in relation to cases of Domestic Violence

Format

Available online in the Publications section on this site
Domestic Violence Prosecution Policy and Guidance (opens in new window)

Title

Legal Guidance on Prosecuting Cases of Stalking and Harrassment

Description

This sets out the CPS' legal guidance on cases of stalking and harrassment.

Format

Available online in the Legal Guidance section of this website
Stalking and Harrassment Legal Guidance (opens in new window)

Title

Rape Prosecution Policy and Guidance

Description

This sets out the CPS's policy and guidance in relation to cases of Rape

Format

Available online in the Publications section on this site
CPS Policy for Prosecuting Cases of Rape (opens in new window)

Available to download from the Publications section on this site
Rape prosecution policy (updated 2012) (PDF - opens in new window)
Polisi’r CPS ar Erlyn Achosion o Dreisio (adnewyddwyd 2012) (PDF)

Title

Legal Guidance on Perverting the Course of Justice - charging in cases involving rape and/or domestic violence allegations

Description

This sets out the CPS' legal guidance on cases of perverting the course of justice where allegations of rape and/or domestic violence are involved.

Format

Available online in the Legal Guidance section of this website
Perverting the course of justice - charging in cases involving rape and/or domestic violence allegations: Legal Guidance (opens in new window)

Title

Legal Guidance on Prosecuting Cases of Prostitution and Exploitation of Prostitution

Description

This sets out the CPS' legal guidance in relation to cases of Prostitution and Exploitation of Prostitution

Format

Available online in the Legal Guidance section on this site
Prostitution and Exploitation of Prostitution Legal Guidance (opens in new window)

Title

Policy for Prosecuting Cases of Human Trafficking

Description

This sets out the CPS' policy and guidance in relation to cases of Human Trafficking

Format

Available as a PDF download from the Publications section on this site
Human Trafficking Prosecution Policy and Guidance (PDF - opens in new window)

Title

Guidance on Identifying and Flagging Cases of Forced Marriage and Honour Based Violence

Description

This sets out the CPS' guidance on Identifying and Flagging Cases of Forced Marriage and Honour Based Violence

Format

Available online in the Legal Guidance section on this site
Forced Marriage and Honour Based Violence Identification and Flagging Guidance (opens in new window)

Title

Guidance on Prosecuting Cases of Forced Marriage and Honour Based Violence

Description

This sets out the CPS' guidance on Prosecuting cases of Forced Marriage and Honour Based Violence

Format

Available online in the Legal Guidance section on this site
Forced Marriage and Honour Based Violence Legal Guidance (opens in new window)

Title

Legal Guidance on Prosecuting Cases of Female Genital Mutilation

Description

This sets out the CPS' legal guidance in relation to cases of Female Genital Mutilation

Format

Available online in the Legal Guidance section on this site
Female Genital Mutilation Legal Guidance (opens in new window)

Title

Legal Guidance on Prosecuting Cases of Prohibited Images of Children

Description

This sets out the CPS' legal guidance in relation to cases of Prohibited Images of Children

Format

Available online in the Legal Guidance section on this site
Prohibited Images of Children Legal Guidance (opens in new window)

Title

Legal Guidance on Prosecuting Cases of Child Sexual Abuse

Description

This sets out the CPS' legal guidance in relation to cases involving Child Sexual Abuse

Format

Available online in the Legal Guidance section on this site
Child Sexual Abuse Legal Guidance (opens in new window)

Title

Legal Guidance on Prosecuting Cases of Obscene Publications

Description

This sets out the CPS' legal guidance in relation to cases involving Obscene Publications

Format

Available online in the Legal Guidance section on this site
Obscene Publications Legal Guidance (opens in new window)

Archived publications, pre-2014

2013

Title

CPS Violence against Women and Girls crime report 2012-2013

Description

This is the sixth Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) annual report, and covers the following strands of Violence against Women and Girls for 2012-13: domestic violence; harassment; rape and sexual offences; human trafficking; prostitution; child abuse; and pornography.

Format

Available to download in Adobe Acrobat PDF
CPS Violence against Women and Girls crime report 2012-2013 - English PDF
CPS Violence against Women and Girls crime report 2012-2013 - Welsh PDF
CPS Violence against Women and Girls crime report 2012-2013 - Statistics PDF
Underlying data relating to the sixth CPS Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) annual report

2012

Title

CPS Violence against Women and Girls crime report 2011-2012

Description

This is the fifth Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) annual report, and covers the following strands of Violence against Women and Girls for 2011-12: domestic violence; harassment; rape and sexual offences; human trafficking; prostitution; child abuse; and pornography.

Format

Available to download in Adobe Acrobat PDF
CPS Violence against Women and Girls crime report 2011-2012 - English PDF
CPS Violence against Women and Girls crime report 2011-2012 - Welsh PDF
CPS Violence against Women and Girls crime report 2011-2012 - Statistics PDF
Underlying data relating to the fifth CPS Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) annual report

2011

Title

CPS Violence against Women and Girls crime report 2010-2011

Description

This is the fourth Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) annual report, and covers the following strands of Violence against Women and Girls for 2010-11: domestic violence; harassment; rape and sexual offences; human trafficking; prostitution; child abuse; and pornography.

Format

Available to download in Adobe Acrobat PDF
CPS Violence against Women and Girls crime report 2010-2011 - English PDF
CPS Violence against Women and Girls crime report 2010-2011 - Welsh PDF
CPS Violence against Women and Girls crime report 2010-2011 - Statistics PDF
Underlying data relating to the fourth CPS Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) annual report

Title

Specialist Domestic Violence Courts Resource Manual

Description

This resource manual was issued for use in those areas that were developing a specialist domestic violence (DV) court system as part of the Specialist Domestic Violence Court (SDVC) Programme.

Format

Available to download in Adobe Acrobat PDF
Specialist Domestic Violence Courts Resource Manual - PDF
'Other services' questionnaire - Word document, approx 18 kb

2010

Title

CPS Violence against Women crime report 2009-2010

Description

This is the third Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Violence against Women (VAW) annual report, and covers the following strands of Violence against Women for 2009-10: domestic violence; forced marriage; honour based violence; female genital mutilation; rape and sexual offences; human trafficking; prostitution; child abuse; and pornography.

Format

Available to download in Adobe Acrobat PDF
CPS Violence against Women crime report 2009-2010 - English PDF
CPS Violence against Women crime report 2009-2010 - Welsh PDF
Underlying data relating to the third CPS Violence against Women (VAW) annual report

2009

Title

Specialist Domestic Violence Courts within each Local Criminal Justice Board area

Description

The Specialist Domestic Violence Court (SDVC) programme has been running since 2005 and there are now 127 courts across the country. Local Criminal Justice Boards (LCJBs) will have responsibility for the governance and perfomance management aspects of SDVCs from 1 April 2010. This list dated 23rd October 2009 shows at a glance what courts fall within each LCJB area and will help identify, which courts have received official accreditation.

Format

Available online in this section
Specialist Domestic Violence Courts within each Local Criminal Justice Board area

Title

CPS Violence against Women crime report 2008-2009

Description

This is the second Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) annual Violence against Women (VAW) performance report, and covers the following strands of Violence against Women for 2008-09: domestic violence; forced marriage; honour based violence; female genital mutilation; rape and sexual offences; human trafficking; prostitution; child abuse; and pornography.

Format

Available to download in Adobe Acrobat PDF
CPS Violence against Women crime report 2008-2009 - English PDF
CPS Violence against Women crime report 2008-2009 - Welsh PDF

2008

Title

A consultation on the CPS Violence against Women Strategy and Action Plans - summary of responses

Description

This is a summary of the responses to the Crown Prosecution Service consultation on its draft Violence against Women (VAW) Strategy and Action Plans. It covers the background to the consultation, a summary of the responses to the consultation, a summary of the responses to the specific questions raised in the consultation, and initial conclusions and the next steps following this consultation.

Format

Available online in this section and to download in Adobe Acrobat PDF
Consultation - Summary of responses
Consultation - Summary of responses - PDF

Title

CPS Violence against Women crime report 2007-2008

Description

This is the first Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) annual Violence against Women performance report. This report covers a range of Violence against Women (VAW) strands for 2007 - 08: domestic violence; forced marriage; so-called 'honour' crimes; female genital mutilation; rape and sexual offences; human trafficking; prostitution; child abuse; and pornography.

Format

Available to download in Adobe Acrobat PDF
CPS Violence against Women crime report 2007-2008 - English PDF
CPS Violence against Women crime report 2007-2008 - Welsh PDF

Title

A Review of Specialist Domestic Violence Court systems (SDVCs)

Description

A 2008 review undertaken of the first tranche of 23 Specialist Domestic Violence Courts, which were selected in 2005/06, indicating the success of these system in improving both prosecution of domestic violence cases and safety of victims.

Format

Available online in this section
A Review of Specialist Domestic Violence Court systems (SDVCs)

Also available to download in Adobe Acrobat PDF
Download the Specialist Domestic Violence Courts Review 2007/08 - Justice with Safety (pdf document, approx 294kb)

Before 2008

Title

Evaluation of Domestic Violence Pilot Sites at Caerphilly (Gwent) and Croydon, 2004/05

Description

These reports are the interim and final evaluations of Domestic Violence Pilot Sites at Caerphilly (in Gwent, Wales) and Croydon (in London, England). The two sites evaluated here, whilst part of the same project, piloted different ways to improve the response to domestic violence.

Format

Available to download as PDF documents
Download the Final Evaluation of Domestic Violence Pilot Sites at Caerphilly (Gwent) and Croydon 2004/05 (approx 311kb)
Download the Interim Evaluation of Domestic Violence Pilot Sites at Caerphilly (Gwent) and Croydon 2004/05 (approx 195kb)