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Consultation on the Domestic Abuse Policy Statement

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This consultation is now closed
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Introduction

The CPS is conducting a public consultation on the new Domestic Abuse (DA) Policy Statement. There are high levels of public interest and concern around the criminal justice response to domestic abuse, particularly the disparity in reports and criminal justice outcomes.

The policy statement sets out how we intend to increase the volume of domestic abuse prosecutions and improve criminal justice outcomes for victim.

We expect that this statement will be of most interest to those who work within and alongside the criminal justice system – for example support services who work with victims of domestic abuse, but it may also be of interest to victims and the wider public.

The consultation will provide interested persons with an opportunity to provide comments, so the final version is informed by a wide range of views.

It’s available as a webpage and a downloadable PDF in English and Welsh.

Consultation content

Please use the questions below to frame your review and provide us with feedback. 

Where you’ve identified something, we need to improve please use specific examples. These help to make it clear what the problem is so we can make the changes we need to. 

How to respond

It would be helpful if you could give your feedback using our online form (see below) for ease of analysis.

You can also download a response form, complete it, and return it to da.consultation@cps.gov.uk by midnight on 26 June 2022. 

We would prefer electronic submissions if possible but, if you would rather submit your feedback in hard copy please use the response form and return it by the same date, to:

Domestic Abuse Consultation
Senior Policy Advisor
Crown Prosecution Service
10th Floor 102 Petty France
London SW1H 9EA

Please include your name, organisation (if applicable), postal address, telephone number and email address in any response.

Next steps

After the consultation closing date, we will consider every individual response received. A summary of the consultation responses and the final version of the policy statement will be published on the CPS website in accordance with the Government's guidelines. We look forward to receiving your response.

Demographic information

At the end of the questionnaire is an optional section on demographic information – including questions about your age, ethnicity, disability and gender identity as well as the level of experience you have with the criminal justice system.

This section is entirely optional, and you don’t have to fill it in if you don’t want to. Any information you provide will help us to understand whether our commitment is meeting the needs of people with different experiences and backgrounds. 

We will keep any information that you provide in this section confidential and only use your answers in an anonymised way. You can find out more about how we protect your data in our privacy notice: cps.gov.uk/privacy-notice-crown-prosecution-service-cps

Responses: Confidentiality and disclaimer

The information you send us may be passed to colleagues within the CPS, the Government or related agencies. Furthermore, information provided in response to this consultation, including personal information, may be published or disclosed in accordance with the access to information legislation including the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).

If you want the information that you provide to be treated as confidential, please be aware that, under FOIA, there is a statutory Code of Practice with which public authorities must comply and which deals, amongst other things, with obligations of confidence. In view of this it would be helpful if you could briefly explain to us why you regard the information you have provided as confidential.

If we receive a request for disclosure of the information we will take full account of your explanation, but we cannot give an assurance that confidentiality can be maintained in all circumstances. An automatic confidentiality disclaimer generated by your IT system will not be regarded as binding on the CPS.

Please ensure your response is marked clearly if you wish your response and name to be kept confidential. Confidential responses will be included in any statistical summary of numbers of comments received and views expressed. The CPS will process your personal data in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018 - in the majority of circumstances this will mean that your personal data will not be disclosed to third parties.

CPS Consultations

We want to hear your views about our prosecution policy. You can help us to be better informed, fairer and more representative by participating in our consultations. We welcome your feedback.

Alternative formats

If you require a copy of the consultation papers in any other format, for example, large print or Braille, please contact the e-mail or postal addresses above.

How to respond to consultations

  • Visit the consultation page
  • Read the consultation documents
  • Respond to the consultation using the online form, by email or by post
  • Make sure you submit your response by the closing date

Government Consultation Principles

The Consultation Principles 2016 are available from the Cabinet Office website (opens in new window).

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