Female Victims of Crime in London Being Let Down as Charges Drop Across the Capital

The Liberal Democrats have claimed female victims of crime across the capital are being let down by the Met, the Mayor of London and the UK Government as new data requested by the party shows that the number of cases of violent crime involving female victims that result in a charge has dropped across most categories over the last few years.

The data shows that last year just 10% of domestic abuse cases resulted in a charge compared to 18% five years ago. The data also shows that the number of murder or manslaughter cases involving female victims resulting in a charge has dropped from 98% to 88% over the same period.

The number of sanction detections for violence against the person (including assault and GBH) against female victims has also decreased from 12% to 8% over the last five years.

The sanction detection rate has also fallen for several other categories of violent crimes against women including gang violence, gun crime, alcohol and drug-related violence, robbery and knife crime.

The Liberal Democrats have stated the data shows that the Mayor of London and the UK Government are failing to tackle the epidemic of violence against women and that serious questions need to be asked as to why the situation is worse now than it was five years ago, despite the higher profile of violence against women in recent years.

Commenting Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member & Police and Crime Spokesperson Caroline Pidgeon said:

“I think it is truly shocking that despite the widespread outcry in recent years over the levels of violence against women in London; the percentage of cases resulting in a charge across several categories of violence crime involving female victims has actually dropped.

“This data shows an abject failure by the Mayor of London, the UK Government and the Met police to tackle one of the most serious issues facing Londoners.

“The Baroness Casey Review outlined why so many women in London have lost faith in the Met and a large part of restoring that faith will come down to making sure that violent crime against women is tackled and charges brought against perpetrators.

“Education and a culture change is only one part of eradicating violence against women, we have to see more high-profile convictions and more cases being solved. The current situation is just not acceptable.”