Rape and Domestic Violence (Conviction Rates)

Part of Attorney General – in the House of Commons at 9:30 am on 2nd July 2015.

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Photo of Jeremy Wright Jeremy Wright The Attorney-General 9:30 am, 2nd July 2015

I agree with the hon. Lady. She is entirely right that we need to ensure that victims are supported throughout the process. That starts when a report is made, which of course relies on the police adopting a sympathetic attitude. We then need to see referrals from the police to the CPS. As I mentioned, we are seeing an increasing number of referrals, which is a good sign. We then need to follow through the process, as she says, which is as much about communication as anything else. Giving evidence in court is intimidating for anyone, and even more so for the victims of this type of offending, so we need to ensure that everybody does what they can to ameliorate the process.