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Domestic Violence Prosecutions

Volume 481: debated on Tuesday 21 October 2008

To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how many prosecutions for domestic violence against women failed to come to court because the victim refused to give evidence in the latest period for which figures are available. (227213)

The Government do not hold figures for the number of prosecutions for domestic violence against women or other crimes which failed to come to court because the victim refused to give evidence.

Crown Prosecution Service records include an analysis of the reasons for unsuccessful court outcomes, including an indication of those cases dropped before a hearing because the victim refused to give evidence or retracted. In 2007-08, 3,829 cases were dropped for this reason, representing 19.3 per cent. of all unsuccessful outcomes for domestic violence, and 6 per cent. of all completed cases of domestic violence. However, these figures are not broken down by gender.