Rates of conviction for crimes against women and girls have increased for the second year running, the Crown Prosecution Service has said. Three out of four cases of violence against women and girls results in a convictions, records reveal.
Director of Public Prosecutions Kier Starmer said today's figures on rates of conviction for violent crimes against women and girls "sends a powerful message perpetrators."
Describing today's figures as a "result of a decade of change" and progress, he said:
There is no doubt that until recently the criminal justice system was failing women and girls. For example ten years ago, less than half the domestic violence cases that we prosecuted ended in convictions – that has gone up to three in four today.
The evidence is clear that ten years of progress is paying off and not only are the conviction rates steadily increasing, but our service to victims is also improving. These results send a powerful message to perpetrators that they are more likely than ever to be convicted for their crimes.
Polly Neate, chief executive if Women's Aid has welcomed the CPS figures on rates of conviction for cases of violence against women and girls, but stressed too few cases reach the stage of prosecution.
We welcome the increase in conviction rates for domestic and sexual violence in the past twelve months, and feel it reflects the increasing seriousness with which the CPS is addressing violence against women and girls.
There is evidence of a real commitment to improving the policies and responses of the CPS at a senior level and significant advancements have been made. However, still too few cases reach prosecution.
Effective prosecution is essential to sending a strong message to perpetrators that domestic violence is never acceptable, and helps to build confidence in the judicial system.
The number of convictions for cases of violence against woman has increased to record levels for the second year running, new research by the Crime Prosecutions Service (CPS) reveals.
Overall this year, three out of four cases resulted in a conviction. Conviction rates also went up in cases of domestic violence, rape and other sexual offences, forced marriage, honour based violence, child abuse and human trafficking, according to the CPS.