U.K. Crown Prosecution Service Develops Plan for Addressing Violence Against Women
Wednesday, June 4, 2008 1:28 PM

The United Kingdom’s Crown Prosecution Service, which is the principal prosecuting authority in England and Wales, has produced a comprehensive plan to address violence against women. The plan seeks to coordinate and improve prosecution of the full range of crimes that constitute violence against women, including domestic violence and harassment, forced marriage, honor crimes, female genital mutilation, rape and sexual offenses, human trafficking, prostitution, crimes against the elderly, child abuse, pornography, and sexual harassment. The plan emphasizes the importance of developing an overarching gendered framework to address all crimes of which the majority of victims are women and the majority of perpetrators are men, so that expertise acquired in the prosecution of one category of crimes can be drawn upon in approaching another. In addition to improving prosecutions, the plan aims to: increase public confidence; provide better support, safety, and satisfaction for victims; and identify and address inequalities based on race, gender and gender identity, disability, age, religion or belief, or sexuality.

For the full report, click here.

Compiled from: Women’s U.N. Report Network; The Crown Prosecution Service Violence Against Women Strategy and Action Plans, The Crown Prosecution Service, April 2008.