The number of women convicted of domestic abuse increased by more than 300 per cent between 2005 and 2015.
New data from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS)shows 5,641 convictions of women for outburts in the home last year – well over three times the number convicted in 2006 (1,850).
The figures were released in a response to a parliamentary question by Tory MP Philip Davies, who controversially claimed last month that the justice system treats women more leniently than men.
The CPS did not specify whether the prosecutions were for abuse of other men or other women, or whether the offences had involved partners or family members. The legal definition of domestic abuse now includes both physical violence and emotional coercion.
Despite the pronounced rise, the newly released figure still represents only a small proportion of the number of men convicted of abuse and violence in the home. But Mr Davies said it was evidence of indicated a clear social trend which deserved attention.
“We must not forget the male victims. Both male and female perpetrators of domestic violence should be dealt with equally harshly by the courts and more should be done to help victims of domestic violence whether they are men or women.”
According to the most recent Crime Survey of England and Wales, just over eight per cent of women and four per cent of men report having experienced domestic abuse of some kind. But the survey’s emphasis on in-person interviews at home has been criticised by sociologists for encouraging underreporting of these painful experiences, The Independent reports.
The Crime Survey of England and Wales is published by the Office for National Statistics.