Advanced Search

Decision to Charge

Once the Police have completed their investigations, they will refer the case to the Crown Prosecution Service for advice on how to proceed. We will then make a decision on whether a suspect should be charged, and what that charge should be.

Find out more about private prosecutions

The Role of The Crown Prosecution Service

The Crown Prosecution Service is the government department responsible for prosecuting criminal cases investigated by the police in England and Wales.

As the principal prosecuting authority in England and Wales, we are responsible for:

  • advising the police on cases for possible prosecution
  • reviewing cases submitted by the police
  • determining any charges in more serious or complex cases
  • preparing cases for court
  • presenting cases at court

Find out more about the role of the Crown Prosecution Service

Man who "controlled every aspect of victim's life" convicted for controlling or coercive behaviour

25/04/2016

Adrian Lee has been convicted today for controlling or coercive behaviour.

Adrian Lee, 21, was convicted at Liverpool Magistrates' Court for engaging in controlling/coercive behaviour in an intimate/family relationship.

Karen Renshall, reviewing lawyer at the Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"Controlling or coercive behaviour can have an extreme psychological and emotional impact on victims. Today's conviction shows that this behaviour will simply not be tolerated.

"No-one has the right to restrict someone else's freedom. Adrian Lee controlled every aspect of his victim's life. He prevented her from seeing her friends and questioned where she had been if she came in late.

"He stopped the victim from using her mobile phone and controlled her social media, such as making her delete friends on Facebook."

He has been sentenced to six months imprisonment and a Restraining Order was imposed for two years.

Additional information

Charge:

Engaging in controlling/coercive behaviour in an intimate/family relationship. 

Ends

Notes to Editors

  1. For media enquiries call the CPS Press Office on 020 3357 0906; Out of Hours Pager 07699 781 926
  2. For the latest in breaking news from the CPS Press Office follow @cpsuk and visit our official News Brief - blog.cps.gov.uk
  3. The CPS consists of 13 Areas in total, each headed by a Chief Crown Prosecutor (CCP). In addition, there are three national casework divisions: Specialist Fraud (formerly Central Fraud and Welfare, Rural & Health Divisions), Special Crime & Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime. CPS Direct is a 'virtual' 14th Area which provides charging decisions to all police forces and other investigators across England and Wales - it operates twenty-four hours, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
  4. At 31 March 2015 we employed a workforce of approximately 5,895 staff (full time equivalent), including around 2,255 prosecutors and 3,288 caseworkers and administrators. Further information can be found on our website: www.cps.gov.uk.
  5. The CPS, together with police representatives (formerly ACPO) and media representatives, has developed a Protocol for the release of prosecution material to the media. This sets out the type of prosecution material that will normally be released, or considered for release, together with the factors we will take into account when considering requests. Read the Protocol for the release of prosecution material to the media.