Violence against women

Prosecutions are up for violence against women.

The crown Prosecution Service have reported a 18% increase in the number of cases brought for violence against women and girls in the twelve months to April, an average of 2000 cases per week, with a record 68,601 resulting in a conviction.
The figure that stands out the most is that rape convictions fell by over 50% in the same period.

The use of social media and the Internet by offenders to aid them to commit these crimes is becoming commonplace.

The benefit to the prosecution services is that this use of digital media leaves a footprint that can be used as evidence, and they are in the process of revising their guidelines to take full advantage of this.

The view that the reason for the increase is down to the fact that more women are prepared to report an offence must be taken as an opinion as we are unable to substantiate this as fact, it could be that there are just more cases or that the reporting process has improved or changed.

As the new Justice Secretary has commented, the judicial system must be improved to ensure victims’ of such crime are not made to suffer because of the justice system, the system needs to work for the victims.

If you have been the victim of abuse you must seek help, speak to the police. Advice is also available via your local family solicitors, or from a number of National websites and help lines:-

Women’s Aid
Rape crisis

24-hour National Domestic Violence
Freephone Helpline
0808 2000 247

ChildLine 0800 1111

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