Increase in domestic abuse convictions

New figures from The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) reveal an increase in the number of prosecutions and convictions in England and Wales for crimes involving violence against girls and women.

In the last 4 years there has been an increase of 15,000 prosecutions and convictions, however the charity 'Refuge' says the number does not accurately represent the size of the problem of domestic abuse. The charity says that most victims choose not to report the violence they suffer, and on average a woman will be the victim of domestic abuse on as many as 30 occasions before looking for help.

Sandra Horley, chief executive of Refuge, said that there were 52,000 domestic violence offences recorded in 1 year in London, meaning the 66,860 successful prosecutions in England and Wales last year "barely scratch the surface".Keir Starmer, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), equally acknowledged that there was a lot of work to do, but said the increase in prosecutions is "perhaps a milestone in the journey". He said prosecutions had increased as a result of improved training and the use of specialist prosecutors.

If you or someone you know in Northern Ireland has suffered from domestic violence, and you would like to get confidential and discreet legal advice, contact Wilson Nesbitt solicitors in Belfast or Bangor by calling 0800 840 1363

One of the solicitors specialising in domestic abuse cases can help you apply for emergency and subsequent Court Orders including Non-molestation and Occupation Orders, Injunctions and Matrimonial Home rights to protect you and your children's interests, and on other issues.

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