After a decade of underfunding, the criminal justice system has struggled to cope with the growing number of Violence Against Women and Girls offences it has to deal with. As result, while reports to the police have been increasing, there have been significant declines in referrals, charges, prosecutions and convictions for VAWG offences in recent years. Far too many victims never see their case go to court and, for those that do, the experience can often be traumatic.
This has a serious impact on victims’ confidence in the criminal justice system and means perpetrators continue to get away with their crimes. If these trends continue, many victims may lose faith in the criminal justice system altogether, once again leaving the true scale of VAWG hidden from public view.
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