Prosecutor admits concerns over unreported domestic violence incidents

13:53 29 November 2012

Screens are used at court to shield witnesses from defendants. File picture: PA Wire

Screens are used at court to shield witnesses from defendants. File picture: PA Wire

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London’s top prosecutor has added her voice to concerns over the number of domestic violence incidents that go unreported in the capital.

Alison Saunders admitted many victims do not feel confident enough to report abuse.

She spoke days after White Ribbon Day, a United Nations Campaign that aims to eliminate violence against women.

Julia Dwyer, from the charity Refuge, recently told a group of London politicians that some of her clients did not have faith in the police.

Ms Saunders, the Chief Crown Prosecutor for London., said: “Domestic violence can often go unreported as the victim feels helpless and isn’t confident in reporting the crime.

“Victims of domestic abuse often suffer repeated and long-term abuse and we want them to feel safe in coming forward to help us bring their abusers to justice.

“We believe domestic violence abuses are under-reported in London and we are working hard to make sure that victims and witnesses are confident in reporting cases of domestic violence.”

The Metropolitan Police made a total of 320 arrests this week as part of its co-ordinated Operation Athena, targeting incidents of domestic violence.

The Met has revised its policy in a bid to improve the way domestic violence victims are treated by giving a central team responsibility for overseeing policy and strategy in dealing with complaints across 32 boroughs.

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