Domestic Abuse: Homosexuality

Attorney General written question – answered on 8th October 2020.

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Photo of Alex Davies-Jones Alex Davies-Jones Labour, Pontypridd

To ask the Attorney General, how many prosecutions made by the Crown Prosecution Service involved domestic abuse between individuals in a same-sex female relationship, in each year since 2010.

Photo of Alex Davies-Jones Alex Davies-Jones Labour, Pontypridd

To ask the Attorney General, how many prosecutions made by the Crown Prosecution Service involved domestic abuse between individuals in a same-sex male relationship, in each year since 2010.

Photo of Alex Davies-Jones Alex Davies-Jones Labour, Pontypridd

To ask the Attorney General, how many prosecutions made by the Crown Prosecution Service involved domestic abuse between individuals in same-sex relationships, by (a) gender and (b) county in England and Wales, in each year since 2010.

Photo of Michael Ellis Michael Ellis The Solicitor-General

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) collects finalised prosecutions data showing the sex of defendants for cases flagged as involving domestic abuse. Some, more limited, information is also available showing the identified relationship between defendant and complainant and whether the relationship is between people of the same or different sex.

The table below shows the number of defendants prosecuted for domestic abuse where a relationship was identified as same sex (partner, ex-partner, spouse/civil partner or former spouse/civil partner), during each of the last ten years. It also highlights the number of defendants where the relationship has been recorded. This data is limited, which results in the number of defendants with an identified relationship being under-recorded.

Female Defendants

Male Defendants

% of Relationships Recorded

2010-2011

28

56

16.7%

2011-2012

45

77

30.0%

2012-2013

54

84

47.7%

2013-2014

80

97

52.7%

2014-2015

127

129

55.4%

2015-2016

160

186

55.6%

2016-2017

136

141

52.4%

2017-2018

108

130

48.7%

2018-2019

88

137

48.9%

2019-2020

84

144

56.4%

Data Source: CPS Case Management Information System

While the CPS does not collate prosecutions data by county, data is available showing the number of prosecutions in each of the regional Areas of the CPS. The tables below provide the same information as the table above, broken down for each CPS Area.

Female Defendants

2010-2011

2011-2012

2012-2013

2013-2014

2014-2015

2015-2016

2016-2017

2017-2018

2018-2019

2019-2020

Cymru Wales

4

2

5

7

8

14

15

14

5

10

East Midlands

0

1

4

5

9

8

10

2

4

8

Eastern

3

2

6

5

5

12

9

5

1

7

London North

1

3

5

4

2

13

14

15

5

3

London South

3

5

0

4

7

15

6

13

7

11

Merseyside & Cheshire

1

2

1

5

7

10

17

6

12

2

North East

4

3

1

4

4

5

9

3

6

5

North West

1

12

9

13

29

17

15

8

14

12

South East

0

1

7

5

10

8

6

7

8

4

South West

0

2

2

6

12

5

5

7

1

1

Thames and Chiltern

2

3

2

3

7

8

4

5

1

2

Wessex

2

2

3

6

3

6

4

5

7

3

West Midlands

5

5

5

5

9

26

10

10

10

9

Yorkshire & Humberside

2

2

4

8

15

13

12

8

7

7

Data Source: CPS Case Management Information System

Male Defendants

2010-2011

2011-2012

2012-2013

2013-2014

2014-2015

2015-2016

2016-2017

2017-2018

2018-2019

2019-2020

Cymru Wales

1

4

11

8

4

14

12

2

7

14

East Midlands

1

1

2

7

10

14

10

8

2

9

Eastern

2

5

5

8

8

12

5

5

9

21

London North

1

8

8

13

10

19

11

9

15

12

London South

8

13

7

6

13

18

20

18

15

13

Merseyside & Cheshire

4

2

6

3

6

11

6

5

8

5

North East

9

3

0

4

11

9

6

5

3

7

North West

12

21

12

11

25

25

10

17

18

15

South East

5

2

7

5

9

6

11

9

16

3

South West

1

3

2

9

10

11

5

8

3

5

Thames and Chiltern

5

4

3

2

7

10

8

9

2

9

Wessex

1

5

8

3

4

6

6

5

14

9

West Midlands

5

4

6

10

8

13

17

13

14

6

Yorkshire & Humberside

1

2

7

8

4

18

14

17

11

16

Data Source: CPS Case Management Information System

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