Domestic Abuse

Publication

Domestic Abuse Guidelines for Prosecutors

These guidelines, produced following a public consultation, update and combine the former CPS Policy on prosecuting cases of Domestic Violence and the CPS Legal Guidance on Domestic Violence. They explain how the CPS deals with cases involving domestic abuse/domestic violence. Their launch on 29 December 2014 was accompanied by a press release.

Available online in the CPS Legal Guidance section:
Domestic Abuse guidelines for prosecutors

Domestic Violence - a guide for victims and witnesses

Explains how the decision to prosecute is reached.

Available online in this section and to download in Adobe Acrobat PDF:
Domestic Violence - a guide for victims and witnesses.
Domestic Violence - a guide for victims and witnesses - English - PDF
Domestic Violence - a guide for victims and witnesses - Welsh - PDF

The Use of Expert Witness Testimony in the Prosecution of Domestic Violence

A report on the potential use of experts in prosecuting domestic violence cases.

Available to download in Adobe Acrobat PDF
The Use of Expert Witness Testimony in the Prosecution of Domestic Violence - PDF

Evaluation of Specialist Domestic Violence Courts/Fast Track Systems

A CPS/DCA report evaluating five domestic violence specialist court systems.

Available to download in Adobe Acrobat PDF
Evaluation of Specialist Domestic Violence Courts/Fast Track Systems - PDF

Domestic violence monitoring snapshot

Annual snapshot monitoring of our performance in prosecuting domestic violence cases.

Available online in this section
Domestic violence monitoring snapshot - December 2006
Domestic violence monitoring snapshot - December 2005

Information on domestic violence

Additional information on the way the CPS deals with cases involving domestic violence.

Available online in this section:
Information on domestic violence