The service from the CPS to victims of domestic abuse

Date of publication
30 March 2023
Crown Prosecution Service
All Areas
Inspection type
CPS Themed Reports

The service from the CPS to victims of domestic abuse report (1 MB)

File data Domestic Abuse (134 kB)

Press Release

Message from HM Chief Inspector (19 kB)

In England and Wales, an estimated 2.4 million adults experienced domestic abuse in the year ending March 2022. The CPS’s policy statement makes clear that domestic abuse cases are amongst the highest priority in the criminal justice system.

In this thematic inspection, we make a rigorous assessment of how the CPS addresses domestic abuse so that victims and survivors, ministers, and the public, can be assured that the service being provided, and the standards relied on, are fit for purpose.

The CPS is doing many things well in these cases, but this report identifies compliance issues which the CPS should address. It also makes six recommendations which we believe will enhance the prospects for success in domestic abuse cases.