Crimes of Violence

Justice written question – answered on 10th February 2010.

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Photo of Margaret Moran Margaret Moran Labour, Luton South

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice in how many incidents of (a) domestic violence and (b) other offences of violence which resulted in a conviction a child was killed in each of the last 10 years.

Photo of Maria Eagle Maria Eagle Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (also in Government Equalities Office), Minister of State (Government Equalities Office) (also in the Ministry of Justice)

The Court Proceedings Database holds information on defendants proceeded against, found guilty and sentenced for criminal offences in England and Wales. These data include information on the age of the defendant, their gender, the police force area and court where proceedings took place as well as the specific offence and statute for the offence. The Court Proceedings Database does not hold specific information on offences beyond descriptions provided by the statutes under which prosecutions are brought nor details of the victim of a criminal offence. Therefore it is not possible to separately identify domestic violence offences from other offences of assault and violence against the person. Unless specified in the statute it is not possible to identify the age of a victim of a criminal offence.

Available information is given in the table for the number of defendants found guilty at all courts in England and Wales for murder of an infant under one year of age and manslaughter offences of infanticide and child destruction, from 1999 to 2008. Data included in the table exclude offences resulting in the death of a child that are not covered by specific statutes and where the age of the victim is not known.

Data for 2009 are expected to be published in the autumn, 2010.

Number of defendants found guilty at all courts in England and Wales for selected offences against the person, from 1999 to 2008( 1, 2)
Offence description Statute 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
102 Murder of infants under one year of age Offences against the Person Act 1861-sections 1, 9 and 10 5 5 - 4 4 4 4 7 6 8
402 Manslaughter -infanticide Infanticide Act 1938-section 1(1) 8 2 5 2 - - 2 1 2 -
403 Manslaughter -child destruction Infant Life (Preservation) Act 1929 section 1 1 - - - - - 1 - 1 -
Total 14 7 5 6 4 4 7 8 9 8
(1) The statistics relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences the principal offence is the offence for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe.

(2 )Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.


Justice Statistics Analytical Services-Ministry of Justice

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