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Crimes of Violence: Females

Volume 497: debated on Monday 12 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many women have been convicted for each offence involving violence against the person in each of the last 10 years. (291774)

Information showing the number of females found guilty at all courts for offences of violence against the person by offence, in England and Wales, from 1998 to 2007 (latest available) is shown in the following table. Data for 2008 will be available towards the end of 2009.

Number of females found guilty at all courts for offences of violence against the person by offence, 1998 to 20071, 2, England and Wales

Offence

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Indictable offences

Murder

9

16

13

17

13

19

18

24

14

19

Attempted murder

6

3

7

3

4

4

8

1

4

4

Threat or conspiracy to murder

43

41

38

38

43

46

50

47

35

44

Manslaughter

35

27

28

32

36

31

26

41

21

24

Infanticide

2

8

2

5

2

2

1

2

Child destruction

1

Causing death by dangerous driving

4

11

10

13

9

6

13

15

12

21

Manslaughter due to diminished responsibility

3

5

5

4

4

1

3

3

1

Causing death by dangerous driving while under the influence of drink or drugs

5

5

2

2

9

4

4

5

7

8

Causing or allowing the death of a child or vulnerable person

1

3

Causing death by aggravated vehicle taking

1

1

2

1

1

2

1

Wounding or other act endangering life

99

92

93

100

103

104

146

137

108

119

Endangering railway passenger

2

3

1

1

2

1

6

More serious offences

207

210

202

215

225

215

270

278

206

253

Other wounding, etc.

3,301

3,088

3,226

2,997

3,314

3,359

3,548

3,874

3,977

3,985

Cruelty to or neglect of children

210

270

247

223

247

271

307

283

257

260

Abandoning children aged under two years

1

2

1

Child abduction

8

10

6

6

8

13

10

13

16

5

Procuring illegal abortion

1

Concealment of birth

1

1

1

1

3

3

2

1

Less serious offences

3,521

3,369

3,480

3,228

3,569

3,646

3,865

4,173

4,254

4,252

Total indictable violence against the person

3,728

3,579

3,682

3,443

3,794

3,861

4,135

4,451

4,460

4,505

Summary offences

Common assault, etc.

3,209

3,611

3,696

3,826

4,267

4,536

5,519

6,550

7,283

8,068

Total indictable and summary offences of violence against the person

6,937

7,190

7,378

7,269

8,061

8,397

9,654

11,001

11,743

12,573

1 The statistics relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences, the principal offence is the offence for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe.

2 Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.

Source:

Office for Criminal Justice Reform, Evidence and Analysis Unit.