Armed Forces: Crimes of Violence

Defence written question – answered on 25th June 2014.

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Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Attorney General

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many cases of (a) rape, (b) sexual assault and (c) domestic violence were (i) reported to the Royal Military Police, (ii) referred by the Royal Military Police to prosecutors and (iii) directed for trial in each year since 2009.

Photo of Anna Soubry Anna Soubry The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The tables show the number of cases of rape and sexual assault reported to the Royal Military Police, which of those were referred by the Royal Military Police to prosecutors and which were directed for trial since 2009.

These represent any case worldwide where the Royal Military Police has jurisdiction. Decisions to direct cases for trial are taken by the independent Service Prosecuting Authority.

  Number of rape cases reported to the Royal Military Police Number of rape cases referred by the Royal Military Police to prosecutors Number of rape cases directed for trial1
2009 20 15 10
2010 20 10 10
2011 20 15 5
2012 20 15 10
2013 20 5 10
  Number of sexual assault cases reported to the Royal Military Police Number of sexual assault cases referred by the Royal Military Police to prosecutors Number of sexual assault cases directed for trial1
2009 60 30 10
2010 65 45 30
2011 50 30 40
2012 35 25 25
2013 45 30 25
1 The figures relating to referrals and directions for trial use the date of referral receipt as the base line. The Service Prosecuting Authority often receive referrals in one year and the cases are directed, disposed and/or tried in the following year. As such there is no direct correlation to the number of cases brought in any one year. Over a period of time the figures may well fluctuate as additional referrals are either directed or non-instituted.

The figures have been rounded to the nearest five. The specific figure has not been disclosed to ensure that the alleged victim(s) cannot be identified. This is in line with the Sexual Offences (Amendments) Act 1976 and 1992.

Because of the way domestic violence statistics are recorded it is taking some time to collate the information. I will write to the hon. Member with an answer shortly.

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