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Domestic abuse referrals to CPS and prosecutions have fallen

Crown Prosecution Service publish quarterly bulletin

Latest figures from the Crown Prosecution Service show that the number of domestic abuse cases commenced and completed in the year to September 2019 declined.

In general, there is an ongoing decrease in cases receipts from the police, and as a result, a continuing decline in the volume of defendants prosecuted in the magistrates' and crown courts.

In respect of domestic abuse, during the year, the total number of suspects referred by the police to the CPS for a charging decision fell from 98,470 in 2018/19 to 86,665 – a fall of 12.0 per cent.

Timeliness for charging decisions went down from an average of 8.9 days in 2018/19 to an average of 12.1 days.

Of all legal pre-charge decisions, the volume charged fell from 67,462 in 2018/19 to 59,685, a fall of 11.5 per cent, and the proportion charged (out of all legal decisions) fell from 74.3 per cent to 73.0 per cent.

Completed prosecutions fell from 78,624 in 2018/19 to 69,756, a fall of 11.3 per cent.

A quarterly bulletin has been published for the first time as part of the CPS's ongoing commitment to transparency on prosecution performance.

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