Domestic violence is defined as an intimate
relationship between partners, where one individual wants to assert power and gain
control over the other person. Mostly the abuser asserts power in different ways
of abuse, which may include physical, psychological, economic and sexual abuse.
In certain circumstances the abuser might try to manipulate the victim through
the use of his or her children. Domestic violence is not restricted towards
only one gender; in fact it is gender neutral.1
Although according to Crime Survey for England
and Wales, women are more prone to domestic violence than men. 1 out of 4 women
and 1 out 6 men have faced domestic abused in their lifetime.2
Estimates of 1.9 million adults aged between 16 to 59 years have faced domestic
violence in the year ending March 2017. 3
From the above facts presented above, it is clear
that United Kingdom and Wales is dealing with a serious problem of domestic
violence and the CPS is trying to eradicate the problem and tackle it by
introducing new acts and strategies.
Firstly, in this plan I will be looking into
the recent developments of law undertaken by CPS and analyse how it is
contributing towards the betterment of the victims and the witnesses. Secondly, if the new act addresses the any inconsistency of the previous
acts, which make the laws, work better for victims now. Thirdly, as the police are the first form of contact for
the victim and they work closely in regards to case. I would look into any
advancements made by the police and if any failure in this aspect. As
reportedly a number of domestic violence cases are going unattended by the
police and the percentage is soaring high 4
Fourthly, my arguments for or against the developments made by the laws.
Specifically looking if it is effective enough to bring a positive change in
It is required by CPS to take greater care
while considering all the facts of the offending behaviour and the relevant background
history before any action could be taken against the offender. There should not
be any stereotypical assumptions made against the victim or the abuser. As all
the cases must be judged by their own merits by the police and the CPS.
CPS Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG)
strategy is an overarching framework for crimes, which mainly looks into the
offences, which is committed by power and control. It mainly looks into the
protection of women and girls, but they also recognize that some victims will
be men too.5
This is appreciable as male victims are often failed by the system. VAWG tackles
domestic-violence, child-abuse, forced marriages, prostitution, and pornography.