Kate Green MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Equalities, responding to CPS figures on convictions and prosecutions for violence against women and girls said:
“Whilst welcoming the progress announced today, we cannot forget that domestic violence and other forms of violence against women and girls are still largely hidden crimes.
“We know, for example, that the British Crime Survey found that 5 million women have reported experiencing domestic abuse by a partner or family member as an adult. Yet worryingly, the total number of domestic violence convictions between 2006/07 and 2010/11 was just 6.5 per cent of the total number of domestic violence incidents recorded by the police - and this is just the tip of the iceberg when considering the number of incidents that go unreported.
“When one in five of the tens of thousands of 999 calls received by some police forces are domestic violence related, yet across the whole country only around 60,000 people are successfully prosecuted for domestic violence, it must be a call to action.
“Last week, Labour launched a new report calling for more and better preventative action to target those abusers who are a real danger to women and their families. And as a first step, Labour’s candidates in the forthcoming elections for new Police and Crime Commissioners will prioritise action to tackle violence against women and girls.
“We know that, despite progress in recent years, abuse is still happening behind the drawn curtains of every community, in every town and city in our country. It’s time for a real step change in how violence against women and girls is tackled."