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LSAB News September 2016 - CPS & VaWG

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) are prosecuting and convicting more cases of rape, domestic abuse and sexual offences than ever before.

The CPS's annual Violence against Women and Girls report published today shows that rape, domestic abuse and sexual offences now account for 18.6 per cent of the CPS's total caseload and this figure is increasing year-on-year. In 2015-16, the CPS prosecuted 117,568 defendants for all crimes grouped together as Violence against Women and Girls (VaWG).

More than 100,000 defendants were prosecuted for domestic abuse, with over 75,000 convicted - the highest volumes ever recorded, also reaching the highest ever conviction rate of 75.4 per cent by March 2016. In December 2015, the new offence of controlling or coercive behaviour also came into law, there were five prosecutions of this offence completed by the end of March 2016.

Private sexual images

The report also has data on the new offence of disclosing private sexual images without consent. The offence was introduced in April 2015, and there were 206 prosecutions over 2015-16. The number of obscenity offences prosecuted rose 20 per cent, from 5,782 to 6,940 (this includes prosecutions under the malicious communications act, and for possession of extreme pornographic images).

Human Trafficking & Modern Slavery

The volume of human trafficking prosecutions has risen by almost 60 per cent, where the gender breakdown of potential victims, from the National Referral Mechanism, shows predominantly female victims of sexual exploitation and domestic servitude, and male victims of labour exploitation. The Modern Slavery Act was implemented in July 2015.

Report Statistics Summary

VaWG (domestic abuse, rape and sexual offences):

  • Volume of VaWG crimes prosecuted in 2015/16 rose 9.8 per cent to 117,568
  • Volume convicted (87,275) increased 10.8 per cent to the highest level ever recorded
  • Conviction rate rose from 73.5 per cent to 74.2 per cent

The CPS recognises, acknowledges and helps male victims of crimes identified as 'VaWG' offending. The report therefore includes data on both male and female victims and defendants.

Domestic abuse:

  • Volume of referrals from the police fell slightly from 122,898 to 117,882
  • Highest charging proportion ever recorded in 2015/16 of 69.7 per cent
  • Volume of prosecutions (100,930) highest ever recorded
  • Volume of convictions rose 9.7 per cent to 75,235 - highest ever recorded
  • By March 2016 the conviction rate was the highest ever recorded - 75.4  per cent
  • New offence of controlling or coercive behaviour was implemented December 2015


  • Volume of referrals from the police rose 11.3 per cent (6,855 referrals)
  • 7.2 per cent rise in volumes charged, now 57 per cent of referrals
  • Volume of prosecutions (4,643) and convictions (2,689) are the highest ever recorded
  • Conviction rate rose from 56.9 per cent to 57.9 per cent
  • Rape and Serious Sexual Offence (RASSO) resources doubled in the past year
  • Comprehensive rape training programme undertaken

Sexual offences (excluding rape)

  • Volume of prosecutions (11,995) rose 22.5 per cent to the highest ever recorded
  • Volume of convictions (9,351) highest ever recorded, with a conviction rate of 78 per cent

Stalking and harassment:

  • Volume of prosecutions started was the highest ever - now 12,986
  • 69.9 per cent of harassment and stalking offences starting prosecution were domestic abuse-related
  • 1,102 prosecutions under the new stalking offences
  • 15,384 prosecutions for breaches of restraining order offences, a rise of 13.5 per cent

Forced marriage, honour-based violence and FGM:

  • Volume of forced marriage referrals from the police rose from 82 to 90
  • 57 (63.3 per cent) were charged, highest volume recorded
  • 60.4 per cent of prosecutions were successful
  • Volume of honour-based violence referrals from the police fell from 251 to 216
  • 145 (67.1 per cent) of these referrals were charged
  • 182 defendants were prosecuted
  • 91 defendants were convicted
  • Action plan on forced marriage and honour based violence has been developed and is now in place to improve prosecutions
  • New provisions for FGM prosecutions and victims were introduced under the Serious Crime Act 2015
  • CPS areas have carried out a range of initiatives to address the low referrals of FGM offences

Human trafficking and prostitution:

Pornography and obscenity:

  • 206 prosecutions of disclosing private sexual images without consent and three of rape pornography
  • Rise of 20 per cent in the volume of obscenity offences prosecuted from 5,782 to 6,940

If you have been the victim of private sexual images being disclosed without your consent you can now get free, confidential advice and support from the Revenge P*rn Helpline the helpline is open from 10.00am - 4.00pm, Monday to Friday. Emails can be sent at any time Email revenge p*rn helpline



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