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Domestic Abuse & the Criminal Justice System
Because Domestic Abuse is a hidden crime that is not always reported to the police; statistics that exist are not a complete representation of how prevalent or serious domestic abuse is.
Women's Aid has information on its website about Professor Marianne Hester's examination of justice gathered from conducting intervies with survivors of domestic abuse.
The data below is from England & Wales and does not include Greater Manchester, nor domestic abuse and the Covid-19 pandemic.
- The police recorded 758 941 domestic abuse related crimes in the year ending March 2020; an increase of 9%
- The police made 34 arrests per 100 domestic abuse related crimes in the year ending March 2020, an increase from 33 per 100 the year before
- More than 75%of domestic abuse related CPS prosecutions secured a conviction in the year ending March 2020 but
- The overall number of domestic abuse related CPS prosecutions fell 22% in the year ending March 2020.
More information from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) can be found here
More information from the ONS on Domestic Abuse during the Covid-19 pandemic can be found here
If there is an incident of domestic abuse and the police are called; they can issue a Domestic Violence Protection Notice (DVPN) which can be made into a Domestic Violence Protection Order that lasts 28 days. This prevents the abusive partner from returning to the address.
Other Orders that the Court can make are Non-Molestation Orders and Occupation Orders.
More information on these Orders can be found here
On June 25th 2020 there was a press release which informed of an 'overhaul' to the way that survivors and their children will be offered greater protection when attending court; more details are here.
Domestic Abuse & the Family Court
It might be a result of arranging contact with children that victims/survivors of domestic abuse have to face their abusers in court. Often the victim/survivors feel that their views are overlooked about the risk that contact with an abusive parent will have upon the child/ren or that handover times could increase the risk.
If you are affected by this then please speak to someone, visit the Get Help section of this website for more details of local and national support services.
- Rights of Women has information about child contact and child arrangements here and information of Family Court proceedings here
- Child Law Advice offers information and advice on its website here
- CAFCASS also offers support to parents who are separated here
On June 25th 2020 there was a press release which informed of an 'overhaul' to the way that survivors and their children will be offered greater protection when attending court; more details are here