The Home Office has released figures showing that the new Specialist Domestic Violence Courts have increased prosecution rates to over 70% overall. Sadly the Home Office is now saying it’s earmarked the £1 million pounds for tackling domestic and sexual violence, not just to help support Rape Crisis centres, in fact of the million, Rape Crisis will receive only £75,000. £50,000 will go to Relate to train specialist counsellors, £760,000 will fund Sexual Violence Advisors to support witnesses and victims in sexual violence crimes and £75,000 will go towards The Survivors’ Trust.
The Domestic Violence Courts work to create a co-ordinated approach bringing together Police, the CPS and the Probation service (amongst others) to protect victims. The presiding Magistrates have all had specialist training.