Successful prosecutions for domestic violence and rape have both increased since 2003. We want to build on this, which is why we have committed to:
Expanding the Specialist Domestic Violence Court (SDVC) programme;
Ensuring there are Specialist Officers and Specialist Rape Prosecutors across the country; and
Making video-recordings of rape victims automatically admissible as evidence-in-chief in trials.
I have regular discussions with ministerial colleagues on this matter through the inter ministerial group on sexual and domestic violence.