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Domestic abuse: CPS revises guidance to ‘challenge damaging myths and stereotypes’

The Crown Prosecution Service has stated that the notion there is a typical victim of domestic abuse is wrong, damaging and can prevent sufferers coming forward.

The CPS has published revised legal guidance on prosecuting these crimes in order to tackle misleading myths and stereotypes. The guidance encourages prosecutors and investigators to focus on the behaviour of the defendant by taking what has been described as an 'offender-centric' approach. This involves police studying the actions of the suspect before, during and after the alleged offence, with prosecutors advising on additional reasonable lines of enquiry, such as digital evidence, CCTV footage and witness statements.

For the CPS's announcement, click here. For the guidance, click here. To respond to the consultation, click here.