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Tackling violence against women and girls is a priority for new Crime Prevention Minister Jeremy Browne, who has set out the government'’s ambition to end these 'terrible crimes' in his first speech on the issue.

The Minister told the Women Against Violence Europe Conference that he is determined to continue work to address the issue.

Jeremy Browne said: 'Violence against women is insidious and it is pervasive: in the UK one in four women will be the victim of domestic abuse over the course of their lifetime, and in the last year over 300,000 women were sexually assaulted and 60,000 women were raped.

'And behind each of those statistics is a woman or child whose life has been ruined. Violence against women has damaged our society for too long. It must stop.'

The Minister told delegates of ongoing work to address violence against women, including the ring-fencing of £40 million for vital services until 2015.

A major focus is being put on prevention as well as extra protection being offered to women. This includes the introduction of two new stalking offences, extending the definition of domestic violence and pilots of Domestic Violence Protection Orders and the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme.

The Minister also stressed that Government is working closely with a wide range of partners to ensure maximum support for women.

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Charity 4Children has issued a statement following the Government's announcement that it is broadening the definition of domestic violence in order to cover coercive control and under-18s for the first time.

Anne Longfield, Chief Executive of 4Children said:

“This proposal to broaden the definition of domestic violence will be welcomed throughout homes across the UK as it acknowledges that violence towards a partner can often encompass a variety of harms beyond the physical. However, there should be concern that these proposals may not have gone far enough by failing to encompass violence between other members of a family. Domestic violence is too often seen as partner on partner, but it far more complex than that, and needs wider definition.

“In 4Children’s Give Me Strength campaign report earlier this year, The Enemy Within, we unveiled a shocking - yet consistently under-reported - prevalence of violence within the family, including an increasing incidence of child on parent and inter-sibling violence.

“As a result, it is clear that Government’s must continue to take on a family approach to reducing family violence to recognise and respond to the damaging impact of both domestic and family violence on children, families and wider society.”

A new research report commissioned by the Crown Prosecution Service suggests that domestic abuse victims who are supported by Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVAs) and who report abuse to the police, are more likely to experience a cessation of abuse if a decision to charge the alleged offender is made.

The research was undertaken by the national domestic abuse charity Co-ordinated Action Against Domestic Abuse (CAADA) as part of its Insights outcomes measurement service.

The report shows that the proportion of victims experiencing a cessation of abuse increases at each stage of the criminal justice process. The most significant cessation of abuse occurs when a decision to prosecute an alleged offender has been made, with 72% of victims in this category reporting no further abuse once a charge is recorded.

The report demonstrates that:

  • In cases where there was a decision to prosecute, 62% of victims were suffering severe levels of violence at the point of intake to the IDVA service.
  • Whilst continuing to court did not have a further significant impact on cessation of abuse, a greater proportion of victims did report improvements in their feelings of safety, quality of life and confidence to access support following the continuation of a case to court.
  • In almost half (42%) of prosecutions, there was also a restraining order applied for and granted. At exit, those victims who were granted a restraining order were less likely to report severe physical abuse or jealous and controlling behaviours, and were more likely to experience a complete cessation of all abuse types.
  • The research also showed that Specialist Domestic Violence Courts (SDVC) achieved better outcomes than other courts, and that cases heard in an SDVC were more likely to result in a conviction.

 

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