Once more, eh?

Fewer than one in ten domestic abuse victims are seeing their attackers prosecuted because of a “shocking” failure by the police to pursue cases, says HM inspectors of police (HMI).

More than three quarters of cases of domestic abuse-related crimes are being dropped by officers without the perpetrator being charged, according to the investigation by HMI.

This represents an 18.6 per cent increase on the 59.5 per cent of cases shut five years ago, according to official data collected by the inspectorate. Just nine per cent resulted in a charge down from 23.2 per cent in 2016, with the remainder handled through cautions or community resolutions.

No. 90% of claims of domestic abuse do not lead to a charge. And a claim of a crime having been committed is not the same as a crime having been committed. This before we even get to ideas about enough evidence and all that.

As to the rate declining – we have in recent years been rather widening our societal definition of what constitutes abuse, haven’t we? So we’d expect claims to rise and fewer of them to meet the criminal standards…..

6 thoughts on “Once more, eh?”

  1. How many of those are dropped because the injured party won’t support a prosecution because ‘I loves ‘im and e’ didn’t mean it!’..?

  2. The Meissen Bison

    Just nine per cent resulted in a charge down from 23.2 per cent in 2016, with the remainder handled through cautions or community resolutions.

    So none were baseless, unfounded or simply vexacious? Human nature is clearly on the up and up!

  3. Julia M’s point notwithstanding, as far as the usual suspects are concerned, the mere accusation of witchcraft is enough. If they could get the man’s horse to testify, they would.

  4. Domestic abuse is not only physical, but mental as well. During my time as a Police officer, in both Child Protection as well as Domestic Violence units, I have seen victims, so obviously subjected to domestic violence, who just won’t, or can’t, accept it. The abuser can be so clever that they play with the victim’s minds so they end up being brainwashed that everything is their fault. Quite a number of DV allegations are made by others, usually family or friends, on behalf o the victims but, if the victim will not make, or support, that allegation, there is little the Police can do. Also, don’t forget, that a fair few of DV victims are men, who may be too ashamed to make an allegation.

  5. I really do think it’s time blokes who’ve received a slap round the chops from the female of the relationship should starting reporting abuse. There’s be so many cases, with the witnesses to back up the evidence, the lines of women attending courts would stretch for miles.

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