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Almost two million people experienced domestic abuse in the past year. Convictions related to domestic abuse have increased by 61% in the last 10 years, but many cases still go unreported.
The offence of controlling or coercive behaviour was introduced at the end of 2015. Within 15 months more than 300 defendants had been charged and taken to court.
In 90.7% of all domestic abuse related convictions in 2016-17 the defendant pleaded guilty. That means the victims did not have to face the ordealof going to court to give evidence.


It is estimated that almost two million people in England and Wales experienced domestic abuse in the last year (2016/17).

The CPS prosecutes all forms of domestic abuse and we encourage everyone to recognise it and report it.


How to report domestic abuse

If you are in immediate danger, call 999.

Call 101 for non-emergency enquiries.

Domestic abuse is a crime and should be reported to the police – there are also partner agencies who can offer you help and support.

More information

Read more on our domestic abuse crime info page.

Watch these videos to find out more about how the CPS prosecutes domestic abuse

Our prosecutors work with the police and other partners to build strong domestic abuse cases.

Support can be made available to vulnerable or intimidated witnesses to give their best evidence – and relieve the stress of going to court.

Domestic abuse isn't only physical, it can be psychological too.

There are many forms of domestic abuse, as Chief Crown Prosecutor and CPS lead for domestic abuse, Jenny Hopkins explains.

Jenny Hopkins, Chief Crown Prosecutor and CPS lead for domestic abuse, explains how our prosecutors work to deliver justice in domestic abuse cases.

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