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Domestic Violence: Prosecutions

Volume 470: debated on Wednesday 23 January 2008

To ask the Solicitor-General what the ratio of domestic violence prosecutions to convictions was in each of the last 10 years. (179607)

The records held by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) provide an analysis of the outcome of proceedings for domestic violence only with effect from full implementation of the Compass Case Management System in 2004.

The following figures show the number of defendant cases either charged by police, or accepted for prosecution by the CPS, which were identified as allegations involving domestic violence. The data are split into those defendant cases resulting in a conviction, and those resulting in an unsuccessful outcome:

Convictions

Percentage

Unsuccessful outcomes

Percentage

Total

2004-05

19,468

55.10

15,867

44.90

35,335

2005-06

30,213

59.80

20,343

40.20

50,556

2006-07

37,505

65.20

20,034

34.80

57,539

2007 to 14 January 2008

34,034

68.40

15,698

31.60

49,732