Crimes of Violence: Females

Attorney-General written question – answered on 14th January 2014.

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Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Attorney General

To ask the Attorney-General if he will place in the Library the minutes of the meeting of 26 September 2013 between the former Director of Public Prosecutions and representatives of the Home Office regarding the decline in referrals for prosecution of cases of violence against women and girls.

Photo of Oliver Heald Oliver Heald The Solicitor-General

Violence against women and girls is a key priority for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and, in 2012-13, the conviction rates for cases flagged as rape and domestic violence were at record highs for the second year running.

On 26 September 2013, the CPS held detailed discussions with a number of interested parties including the Home Office, the National Policing Leads for domestic violence and rape, the Attorney-General’s Office and Her Majesty’s inspectorate of constabulary to better understand the falls in referrals of rape and domestic violence cases from the police to the CPS.

A note of the meeting will be placed in the Library. A final set of actions from the meeting were announced by the Solicitor-General as a six-point action plan in response to a written question from Emily Thornberry, on 22 October 2013, Hansard, column 141W.

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