The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has today published the 2014-14 annual Violence Against Women and Girls Crime Report. The report details a dramatic increase in the numbers of cases concerning Violence Against Women and Girls (VaWG) – including rape, domestic abuse and sexual abuse. This year, more cases are being referred from the police, charged, prosecuted and convicted than ever before. In 2014/15, 591 of these crimes were prosecuted in Warwickshire alone, an increase of more than 190 from last year (50%) and the highest ever in Warwickshire records. Likewise, the numbers of those convicted rose by just under 140 (42%) to its highest level ever.
This comes at a time when an increasing number of complex and non-recent cases are being brought through the criminal justice system, and significant work has been undertaken to recognise and tackle the key difficulties which affect these cases.
Alison Saunders, Director of Public Prosecutions said, “This is really good news for the victims of these dreadful crimes and is also testament to the hard work we have done recently to encourage victims to come forward, to work better with the police and ensure specially trained prosecutors bring the right cases to court. Where cases meet the Code for Crown Prosecutors, we will not shy away from taking cases forward, even when they are difficult and complex.
Warwickshire headlines from 2014-15 VAWG crime report
- 42% increase in number of domestic violence and abuse (DVA) prosecutions, from 347 in 2013-14 to 495 in 2014-15
- 15% of DVA crimes were prosecuted i.e. 1 in 5 domestic flagged crimes were prosecuted.
- 1 in 6 (21.1%) of domestic flagged crimes result in a conviction. The conviction rate (convictions as a % of prosecutions) remains steady at 80.5%
- Rape prosecutions increased by over 440% from 7 to 38. There were convictions in 27 of these cases (71%)
- Prosecutions of serious sexual offences excluding rape rose from 43 to 58 ( up by 35%). 81% of cases resulted in a successful conviction (47).
Sue Ingram, Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy Development Manager at Warwickshire County Council, said “Today’s report from the CPS demonstrates the very real progress we are making in Warwickshire in taking identifying and responding to violence against women and girls. 42% more defendants for VAWG cases cases are being sanctioned for their crimes, sending a clear message that VAWG will not be tolerated. However, we are not complacent and we must continue in our drive to improve our response until we have a system where those who experience such crimes can access and receive the justice and support they seek and deserve.”
Further information on Warwickshire’s recently launched Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy can be found here.
If you or someone you know is affected by any form of VAWG support is available from the following:
Warwickshire Against Domestic Abuse
Warwickshire Domestic Abuse Support Service
Helpline: Free phone 0800 408 1552
Mon – Fri 09:00 – 21:00 and Sat 08:00 – 16:00. The Helpline is closed on a Sunday
Warwickshire Refuge Service
Call 01788 571589 or the out of hours contact: 07584 233 473
Sexual Assault Referral Centre – The Blue Sky Centre
Tel: 02476 865505