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Justice written question – answered on 18th July 2013.

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Photo of Paul Beresford Paul Beresford Conservative, Mole Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many convictions or reported offences there have been under the amended section 5 of the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004 offence of causing the death or serious physical harm of a child or vulnerable adult which came into force on 2 July 2012; and where such statistics are reported on the Office for National Statistics website.

Photo of Jeremy Wright Jeremy Wright The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

There were no convictions for the offence of causing or allowing a child or vulnerable adult to suffer serious physical harm under section 5 of the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004, as amended by the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims (Amendment) Act 2012, in England and Wales, between 2 July 2012 and the end of 2012 (latest available). This offence only came into effect in July 2012, thus could explain why there have not been any convictions to date. We will continue to monitor the new offence.

There were three convictions for the offence of causing the death of a child or vulnerable adult under section 5 of the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004, in England and Wales, in calendar year 2012.

Annual statistics for convictions are reported by the Justice Statistics Analytical Services (MOJ) as part of their ‘Criminal Justice Statistics’ publications. The most recent publication is the quarterly update to December 2012, which can be accessed at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/criminal-justice-statistics-quarterly-update-to-december-2012

Convictions and sentencing data, by offence type, are available in ‘Volume 5—All Courts’, which is an Excel spreadsheet within a Zip file of 371KB. Within the spreadsheet in tab ‘s5.1’ convictions and sentencing data for offence type ‘4.7 Causing death of a child or vulnerable adult’ is available. In future, when convictions and sentences are recorded for the offence of causing or allowing a child or vulnerable adult to suffer serious physical harm, they will be separately identified within this table, which will be under the identifier 4.11.

Annual criminal justice statistics for 2013 are planned for publication in May 2014.

Additionally, the Home Office collects data for offences recorded under section 5 of the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004 as amended by the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims (Amendment) Act 2012. However, from the statistics collected centrally it is not possible to separately identify the number of child or vulnerable adult victims who died from those who suffered serious physical harm. Data for both these offences are recorded under Home Office offence classification 4.7 and are available from the Office for National Statistics website in Table A4 of the Appendix tables to ‘Crime in England and Wales, Year Ending December 2012’. The table can be accessed at:

http://ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/crime-stats/crime-statistics/period-ending-december-2012/rft-appendix-tables.xls

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