Response to CPS Violence Against Women and Girls report

Refuge responds to Crown Prosecution Service Violence Against Women and Girls report.

In response to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) report, Sandra Horley, Chief Executive of national domestic abuse charity Refuge said:

‘These statistics are sadly not a surprise – but they are nonetheless extremely disappointing. More and more women are reporting rape, yet numbers of prosecutions and convictions have reduced dramatically. What kind of message does this send to women and girls? That they won’t be believed? That their experiences are will be trivialised? That their voices are not valid?

Additionally, there has been a large decline of more than 11% for completed domestic abuse prosecutions, even though more and more women are reporting domestic abuse to the police. With one in every four women experiencing domestic abuse in their lifetime, these figures show that the criminal justice system is continuing to fail women. With a reduced hope of seeing their perpetrators prosecuted for their crimes, women are likely to become increasingly unconfident to call the police, and will be disempowered when they should be supported. Women have a right to be safe and the authorities have a legal duty to protect them.

We have a real chance to address violence against women and girls with the upcoming Domestic Abuse Bill and we will be looking to the Government to ensure that the Bill is a priority in the Queens speech and that a clear pathway is set out for its passage into law. With these figures released today, we know that women’s lives depend on radical action and we look forward to working with the Government to deliver systemic change.’

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