Just four in every ten reports of domestic violence recorded by the Police involved crimes, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed.
In a brand new statistical bulletin, the ONS cites 1.03 million reports of domestic abuse made to the Police in the year to March. But, it noted, when officers investigated they concluded that only 41 per cent, or 421,000, had involved an actual criminal offence. Nevertheless, such crimes made up around one in ten of all crimes reported.
No less than 1.8 million people between the ages of 16 and 59 reported domestic violence over the 12 months in question. Unsurprising, said the ONS, “women were more likely to report having experienced domestic abuse than men.”
When reports of domestic abuse were referred to the Crown Prosecution Service by the Police, the Service decided to file charges around 70 per cent of the time, and approximately 75 per cent of these resulted in convictions. In nearly 70 of these cases, meanwhile, the individual who had been charged pleaded guilty.
More than half the cases which failed to reach a conviction did so because the alleged victim withdrew their complaint, did not attend or court or otherwise failed to cooperate.
In 22 per cent of cases, defendants were acquitted.
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