New House of Commons figures show Suffolk domestic violence prosecutions on the rise

Monday, 8 February, 2010

David Ruffley MP has spoken of his mixed feelings over the fact that the number of incidents of domestic violence prosecutions in Suffolk has increased to its highest level since the CPS Suffolk began capturing records in 2005.

New House of Commons figures obtained during David's questioning of the Solicitor General, Vera Baird MP, show that the in 2009 916 individuals were prosecuted for offences of domestic violence, an increase of 115 on the previous year.

David Ruffley said:

'Just one incident of domestic violence is one too many. It is a despicable crime and one which cannot be talked about enough- we need to rid domestic violence of any stigma which might prevent victims coming forward.

'I look on these new figures with incredibly mixed feelings. On the one hand it appears that more victims than ever feel able to speak to the police about the trial they have endured but, on the other, these figures suggest that we are a long way from winning the battle against domestic violence.

'As Member of Parliament I want to do all I can to bring the subject of domestic violence out into the open and urge the police and CPS to deliver as many prosecutions as possible. We must do all we can to stamp out this dreadful crime which can ruin lives and shatter families.

'Furthermore, we must ensure that the victims know that the support they need is available, that they will be listened to and most importantly they should not be afraid to ask for help.'