CPS publishes new Violence Against Women report

22/11/2011

The Crown Prosecution Service is successfully prosecuting more offences of violence against women and girls than ever before.

Published today, the CPS Violence against Women and Girls Crime Report for 2010/11 shows that the CPS has, year on year, improved its handling of cases of violence against women and girls (VAWG) in terms of both quality and quantity. Since 2006/07, prosecutions have risen from just under 69,000 to 95,000 an increase of 38%. As the number of cases has increased, the level of convictions has been maintained.

Barry Hughes, Chief Crown Prosecutor for the South West said: "Crimes against women include some of the most pernicious and degrading offences that we prosecute. It is important for victims of these crimes that we continue to improve the service that we deliver, both within the CPS and with our partners in the criminal justice system.

"We are also getting much better at building cases with the police, and we have seen a significant increase in the numbers of guilty pleas which not only means cases are dealt with more quickly, but the victim is spared the ordeal of giving evidence in court."

The CPS has recently issued new guidance on stalking and harassment and has consulted widely on guidance relating to cases of perverting the course of justice for retraction of rape cases. The CPS is currently consulting with young peoples charities to raise awareness among young people that domestic abuse is criminal behaviour that may be prosecuted.

The report also shows that the measures introduced to quality assure prosecutions are having an effect. In 2010, Core Quality Standards were introduced and published to lay down the quality of service the public can expect from the CPS and a VAWG assurance mechanism has been introduced to help in monitoring the quality of case handling and continue improving consistently across the service.

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The Crown Prosecution Service is the independent authority responsible for prosecuting criminal cases investigated by the police in England and Wales. It is responsible for:
 Advising the police and reviewing the evidence on cases for possible prosecution
 Deciding the charge where the decision is to prosecute
 Preparing cases for court
 Presenting cases at court

Further information about the CPS can be found on our website: www.cps.gov.uk/southwest