A fall in domestic violence referrals
- 04 Sep
Official figures have revealed that there has been a 13% fall in the number of domestic violence attacks being considered for prosecution since 2010.
Figures obtained by Labour in a Freedom of Information request show that domestic violence cases in England and Wales being referred by police to the Crown Prosecution Service, to be considered for charge and prosecution, has fallen from 101,242 in 2010/11 to 88,110 in 2012/13.
Yvette Cooper, the shadow home secretary, said the figures show that after years of improvement, the system is now badly failing domestic violence victims. She believes that the alarming fall coincides with the loss of 15,000 police officers due to the 20% cut in Whitehall funding for the police which had affected their ability to investigate and bring criminals to justice.
This new set of evidence is said to add urgency to the decision by the CPS and the Home Office to launch an inquiry into why police forces are reporting fewer cases of rape, domestic violence and child abuse than they were two years ago. Keir Starmer, the outgoing director of public prosecutions will be meeting with senior police chiefs later this month to discuss whether the police are doing enough to bring cases to court.
Cooper said: "These are shocking and disturbing figures. Theresa May claimed in 2010 she was pursuing a 'unique opportunity to bring about real change' on domestic violence. Instead these figures show things have gone backwards and she is failing badly."
While the number of cases reported has increased by 10%, police forces have cut the number of cases they refer for prosecution by 20%. "That means one in five perpetrators who would previously have been charged are now getting away with it. And this big drop in referrals has all happened since the police cuts started. Referrals and prosecutions were going up before the election. But now, fewer police officers are referring fewer domestic violence cases for prosecution and victims are being let down as a result," said Cooper.
A CPS spokesperson said: "The reasons for fewer cases being referred to the CPS by police is not something we are currently in a position to speculate on. However, together with the Home Office, we are looking into the possible reasons for this and the DPP is hoping to meet with national policing leads in the coming weeks to discuss the issue."
A Home Office spokesperson defended the government's record on tackling violence against women and girls, saying the nearly £40m had been restricted for specialist local domestic and sexual violence support services and protection for victims had been strengthened through the pilot of "Clare's Law".
Image source: http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1093355
- 08 Sep
People in Leeds call to tackle domestic violence
Leaders from private, public and third sectors gathered for the Voice of Leeds Summit and discussed what they could do to tackle domestic violence, reports the Yorkshire Evening Post.Over the past...
- 04 Sep
Plans to tackle domestic violence in Bury
Research by Bury Council’s domestic violence and abuse steering group has found that there was an average of ten incidents a day in the past year from April 2015, reports the Bury Times.Town hall...
- 28 Aug
Domestic violence levels in Northern Ireland at highest
Police have said that the number of reports of domestic violence are continuing to rise, and from April 2014 to April 2015 there was a 5.6% increase, report U TV. Ulster University is set to release...
- 16 Jul
Welfare reforms could make it harder for domestic violence victims to leave their homes
Service director for Newcastle Women’s Aid Elaine Langshawe has said that welfare reforms are making it harder for domestic violence victims to leave their partners, reports the Chronicle Live.Ms...
- 15 Jul
Support for domestic violence survivors provided by local charities
A contract worth £1.2m a year has been obtained by Women’s Aid Integrated Services, Nottinghamshire Women’s Aid and Equation, reports Impact Nottingham. This contract uses funds from...
- 13 Jul
New fund to support victims of domestic violence
The fund will be open to proposals from local partnerships that show how the needs of victims are able to be met in innovative ways, reports 24dash. It has also been revealed that there will be a...
- 03 Jul
Domestic violence campaign launched in Sandwell
Run by charity Fry Housing Trust, Sandwell Council and Sandwell’s Domestic Abuse Strategic Partnership, the ‘Brighter Futures’ scheme will be running over the next two years, reports ITV...
- 24 Jun
Wolverhampton police see thousands of domestic violence reports
It has been reported that an average of sixteen incidents of domestic violence were recorded each day in Wolverhampton over the last year, reports the Express and Star.Of the 5,900 incidents reported...
- 15 Jun
UK’s approach to domestic violence called ‘incoherent’
A leaked copy of an official report by the UN special rapporteur on violence against women, Rashida Manjoo, has called for an urgent inquiry into Yarl’s Wood and a focus on repeated allegations...
- 10 Jun
Domestic violence to be highlighted in new film by students and police in Sunderland
The first year media students and third year drama students at the University of Sunderland have created four short films that cover financial, emotional, physical and sexual forms of domestic abuse,...
Support Solutions 5th National Housing Support & Social Care Conference 2014 Good organisation from beginning to end. Excellent keynote speaker. Relevant and important topics for discussion which were to everyone's advantage within the supported housing sector. B.H - Stevenage Haven