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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.

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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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