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Record levels of domestic violence cases in South Yorkshire

Almost three quarters of cases relating to domestic violence in South Yorkshire led to a charge in the past year.

South Yorkshire Police

New figures from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and the force show there were a record number of domestic violence referrals, prosecutions and convictions.

The latest statistics from the CPS show that in 2013-14, South Yorkshire Police referred 2,551 domestic violence cases to the CPS.

Nearly 75% (1,890) of those referrals led to a charge, the highest volume ever recorded.

Of those prosecutions, 77% (1,360) resulted in a successful conviction

Figures issued as part of the ‘Violence against Women and Girls Crime Report 2013-2014’, show that in South Yorkshire 1,766 prosecutions were completed by the CPS for domestic violence in 2013-14, an increase of 26.3% from 2012-13.

Detective Chief Inspector Natalie Shaw, South Yorkshire Police lead on domestic violence, said: “We are committed to tackling domestic violence and bringing perpetrators of this heinous crime before the courts.