Violence Against Women and Girls

Attorney General – in the House of Commons on 24th March 2022.

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Photo of Virendra Sharma Virendra Sharma Labour, Ealing, Southall

What steps she is taking to increase the number of prosecutions relating to violence against women and girls.

Photo of Alex Chalk Alex Chalk The Solicitor-General

Tackling violence against women and girls is a central mission of this Government and, indeed, of independent prosecutors. More than 10,400 suspects were charged with domestic abuse offences in the most recent quarter for which data is available, with a conviction rate of more than 75%. Following a successful spending review, the Crown Prosecution Service is recruiting prosecutors and other staff to ensure that even more victims see justice done.

Photo of Virendra Sharma Virendra Sharma Labour, Ealing, Southall

One of my constituents has provided multiple pieces of video evidence and repeatedly reported indecent exposure by a neighbour, aimed at his young daughters. The police repeatedly changed the staff who were handling the case, and then the CPS declined to prosecute for lack of evidence and because the flasher had moved. Will the Attorney General empower the CPS to prosecute more such crimes so that women and girls can have faith in the justice system to help them?

Photo of Alex Chalk Alex Chalk The Solicitor-General

I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for raising that important case. Under the victims code that we introduced in April last year, victims have the opportunity to seek a right to review—in other words, a right to ask the CPS to reconsider a decision—and I know many individuals will take up that opportunity. We have outlawed several offences, such as upskirting, coercive control and non-fatal strangulation, to ensure that more victims get the justice they deserve.