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CPS To Handle 20,000 More Domestic Abuse Cases In 2015

New Guidance To Help CPS Deal With Increased Caseload


The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) expects to deal with up to 20,000 more domestic abuse cases this year, thanks to new guidelines that came into force on December 30th 2014.

The updated guidance informs the handling of all aspects of domestic abuse offences, including greater detail on the non-violent ways abusers can control their victims, and on issues relating to specific groups of people.

Further additions to the guidance include specific tools for tackling domestic abuse in BME and LGBT communities, and sections on "revenge porn" and how it can affect cases.

The CPS expects to make nearly 90,000 prosecutions by the end of this financial year under the new guidelines, up from 70,700 in 2012/13.

"Magistrates and prosecutors across the country are telling me that the biggest change they are seeing in the Magistrates' court room is the increase in domestic abuse cases," said Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders.

"This shifting caseload is a real challenge for the CPS but it is a challenge that we are preparing to meet."

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