Commitment to support victims of domestic abuse

13/04/2017

We will do everything we can to support victims of domestic violence as we bring their cases to court – that's the commitment made in a speech by Kent's most senior prosecutor.

Jaswant Narwal, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS South East, was speaking at a family wellbeing conference held in Dartford on Saturday (8 March), which aimed to raise awareness of domestic violence in the Christian community.

Jaswant explained to the conference how prosecutors decide whether to charge individuals in a particular case, using the Code for Crown Prosecutors and the support that is available to complainants.

Jaswant said: "It's a tragic statistic that over one million people in the UK report crimes of domestic abuse to the police. These take the form of many different offences, including assaults, stalking, controlling coercive behaviour, forced marriage, rape and even murder.

"While it may seem like a daunting prospect to see a case of domestic abuse come to court, of those cases dealt with by the Crown Prosecution Service, around three quarters result in a conviction, with perpetrators often pleading guilty.

"We understand how difficult it is for those who experience domestic violence to come forward and our message is that we will do everything we can to support you through the process. Victims are at the heart of everything we do and anyone called as a witness now has additional support through our Speaking to Witnesses at Court scheme. This ensures prosecutors talk to witnesses before they give their evidence to explain what will happen and answer any questions they may have."

More information about the support available to victims is available on the CPS website and we also have a page of questions frequently asked by victims and witnesses.