According to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) there has been an 18% increase compared to last year in prosecutions for violence against women and young girls, which amounts to more than 107,000 cases including rape, domestic violence and “honour” crimes.
Whilst it seems that the increase of prosecutions and convictions is due notably to victims having more confidence to come forward, it is also suggested that there is an increase due to the “growing use of the internet” which acts as a crime enabler.
Perhaps the only advantage to be taken from this new form of crime is that it leaves digital footprints which can be utilised by the police as evidence.
For more statistics on these issues and to read the full article on BBC’s website.
If you are affected by domestic violence please contact RISE, a local charity which supports victims of abuse. If you wish to speak to one of our solicitors, please contact us by phone or by email.