Domestic Violence

Justice written question – answered on 4th March 2009.

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Photo of Shailesh Vara Shailesh Vara Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) arrests, (b) prosecutions and (c) convictions for offences relating to domestic violence there were in (i) North West Cambridgeshire constituency, (ii) Cambridgeshire, (iii) the East of England and (iv) England and Wales in each of the last 10 years; and what proportion of victims of the offences were (A) male and (B) female.

Photo of Vera Baird Vera Baird Solicitor General, Attorney General's Office

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The following table shows the number of defendants in domestic violence proceedings, prosecuted by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), whose case was completed in each of the three years for which reliable data are available. The table also shows the number and the proportion which resulted in a conviction and in an unsuccessful outcome.

No separate data are held for the hon. Member's constituency. The data provided represent the domestic violence cases prosecuted by the Northern Prosecution Team within CPS Cambridgeshire, which covers the city of Peterborough and surrounding villages. These cases comprise part of the data shown in the next section of the table covering the whole of CPS Cambridgeshire. Figures are also provided for the Eastern Group of the CPS, comprising Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk; and for England and Wales as a whole.

The CPS capacity to record data relating to the gender of victims of crime is under development. In those cases where gender was recorded nationally during 2007-08, 85.7 per cent. of victims of domestic violence were women and 14.3 per cent. were men. No comparable figures are held for CPS Cambridgeshire.

The information requested on arrests is not collected centrally.

The arrests collection held by the Home Office covers arrests for recorded crime (notifiable offences) only, broken down at a main offence group level, covering categories such as violence against the person and robbery.

From these centrally reported data we are not able to identify specific offences from within the main offence groups.

Domestic violence prosecutions
Convictions Unsuccessful
Number Percentage Number Percentage Total prosecutions
Northern Prosecution Team of CPS Cambridgeshire (Peterborough)
2005-06 149 54.2 126 45.8 275
2006-07 152 58.7 107 41.3 259
2007-08 230 64.4 127 35.6 357
CPS Cambridgeshire
2005-06 339 60.8 219 39.2 558
2006-07 412 65.5 217 34.5 629
2007-08 476 68.6 218 31.4 694
CPS Eastern Group( 1)
2005-06 2,043 62.8 1,211 37.2 3,254
2006-07 2,320 70.1 988 29.9 3,308
2007-08 2,654 74.5 909 25.5 3,563
CPS England and Wales
2005-06 29,719 59.7 20,063 40.3 49,782
2006-07 37,383 65.2 19,978 34.8 57,361
2007-08 43,977 68.9 19,842 31.1 63,819
(1 )Comprising Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk

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