Daily Mail

Women’s lack of faith in the police hitting prosecutio­ns

- By Crime and Security Editor

One in three investigat­ions into violence against women are dropped because of victims losing faith in police despite a suspect being identified, figures show.

A national police report revealed 38 per cent of female victims withdrew from investigat­ions despite officers knowing their alleged attacker’s name.

The data – the first of its kind released by the national Police Chiefs Council – showed 45 per cent of completed rape investigat­ions in england and Wales were abandoned due to a lack of faith in police.

From October 2021 to March 2022 163,404 cases of violence and sexual offences against women and girls were closed by police due to lack of support from victims.

Yesterday Deputy Chief Constable Maggie Blyth, nPCC co-ordinator for violence against women and girls, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: ‘We know that policing has lost the trust of many women and girls across the country.’

The high attrition rate may be explained by the time victims are waiting for police to investigat­e their crimes. The average time between a crime being reported and police ‘assigning an outcome’ in child rape cases was nearly five months, while adult victims waited 96 days.

Farah nazeer, chief executive of Women’s Aid, said: ‘These statistics have deeply worrying implicatio­ns for women’s already low levels of trust in the criminal justice system.’

A spokesman for the nPCC said: ‘There is action already underway to ensure suspect-focused investigat­ions, speed up investigat­ion processes and improve the victim experience.’

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