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Domestic Violence

Volume 449: debated on Monday 11 September 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many domestic violence cases have been brought to trial in each of the last five years in each (a) London borough and (b) constituency; and if he will make a statement. (82930)

The CPS does not hold a historical record of domestic violence data for each London borough. During the year April 2005 to March 2006, there was a total of 4,841 prosecutions for domestic violence in the jurisdiction of the London courts. Of these, 2,503 (51.7 per cent.) were convicted, 1,882 (38.9 per cent.) were not proceeded with and 456 (9.4 per cent.) were acquitted.

Nationally, during the year April 2005 to March 2006, there was a total of 49,782 prosecutions for domestic violence. Of these, 29,719 (59.7 per cent.) were convicted, 17,311 (34.8 per cent.) were not proceeded with and 2,752 (5.5 per cent.) were acquitted.

During the year April 2004 to March 2005, there was a total of 2,807 prosecutions for domestic violence in the jurisdiction of the London courts. Of these, 1,365 (48.6 per cent.) were convicted, 1,187 (42.3 per cent.) were not proceeded with, and 255 (9.1 per cent.) were acquitted.

Nationally, during the year April 2004 to March 2005, there was a total of 34,839 prosecutions for domestic violence. Of these, 19,156 (55 per cent.) were convicted, 13,599 (39 per cent.) were not proceeded with and 2,084 (6 per cent.) were acquitted.

Comparable figures are not held for years prior to 2004-05.