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160,000 victims of domestic violence withdrew support for prosecutions in 2016

Fears that cuts in support services are ‘allowing perpetrators to escape justice’

At least 160,015 victims of domestic violence in England withdrew their support for charges against the alleged perpetrators in 2016. This represents an increase of nearly 40 per cent compared with figures for the previous year. The withdrawal of support arose after the police had determined that crimes had taken place.

The Independent reports data obtained by the law firm Simpson Millar as a result of a Freedom of Information request.

Simpson Millar also say that in a further 100,000 cases charges of domestic violence were dropped because of a lack of evidence.

The Independent states that these figures have caused concern "that cuts to policing and specialist services for victims of domestic abuse are pushing vulnerable people back into dangerous and potentially deadly situations, while allowing perpetrators to escape justice".

To read The Independent report, click here.