Almost 150 suspects have been charged with offences after their alleged victims appealed against the Crown Prosecution Service's decision not to proceed with a prosecution.
Under a new scheme brought in last year, victims of crime can challenge CPS decisions.
Figures obtained by the BBC show that 80 of the successful appeals were for offences involving violence, while another 27 were for sexual offences.
Of the 1,186 victims' appeals launched between June 2013 and March this year, 162 were upheld, meaning there was a success rate of 13%.
Hoever, the overturned cases make up just 0.14% of the 113,000 CPS cases open to review.