Crown Prosecution Service: Covid-19

Part of Attorney General – in the House of Commons on 9th July 2020.

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Photo of Ellie Reeves Ellie Reeves Shadow Solicitor General

West Midlands police recorded over 4,000 cases of domestic violence in the first month of lockdown, yet only 3% of those cases have resulted in criminal charges. Between 2015 and 2019, despite domestic violence cases rising by 77%, charging fell by 18% and convictions by 20%. I ask the Attorney General again: how many victims of sexual violence are still waiting for their case to get to court, and what is she doing to ensure that domestic abuse does not go unpunished?