Record number of North West attackers brought to justice in crackdown on domestic violence

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Record number of North West attackers brought to justice in crackdown on domestic violence Record number of North West attackers brought to justice in crackdown on domestic violence

THE North West has the highest number of successful domestic abuse prosecutions in the country.

Figures released by the Crown Prosecution Service show that more attackers were prosecuted and convicted in the region than in any other in England and Wales last year.

Eighty per cent of defendants who were prosecuted in the North West in 2013-14 for domestic violence were convicted, a total of 8,507 offenders.

This is the third successive year on year increase in the conviction rate for domestic violence and that figure is higher than any other comparable metropolitan region in the country.

The national conviction rate for the same period was 74.6 per cent.

In total, CPS North West brought prosecutions for domestic violence against 10,600 defendants, an increase of almost 200 prosecutions on the previous year.

Charities campaigning against domestic violence have been encouraging even more victims to come forward in light of the murder of Cherylee Shennan in Rawtenstall in March.

Police grew concerned about her after they received reports that her partner Paul O’Hara had assaulted her, causing a broken jaw.

When officers went round to their address, he attacked Cherylee with a hammer before chasing her down the street and stabbing her to death.

It emerged in court, when O’Hara was sentenced to a whole life term behind bars, that he had already served 14 years in prison for the murder of another ex-girlfriend and was on life licence when he killed Cherylee.

Nazir Afzal, chief crown prosecutor for the North West Area, said: “The figures for the region in the report are good news.

“We have seen a steady and significant increase in the number of prosecutions and convictions for domestic violence in recent years, and last year, eight out of 10 cases in the region resulted in the attacker being convicted.

“I hope this gives domestic violence victims confidence in coming forward and reporting incidents to the police.

“The message is also clear to perpetrators — domestic violence is totally unacceptable and you can expect to pay the price.”

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4:52pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Owd Akela says...

Now all we need to do is educate the women. Love is not worth it at any price, too many women stick with a wrong un as they are too scared of being on their own.
Now all we need to do is educate the women. Love is not worth it at any price, too many women stick with a wrong un as they are too scared of being on their own. Owd Akela
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6:05pm Thu 3 Jul 14

onsidecobra says...

Owd Akela wrote:
Now all we need to do is educate the women. Love is not worth it at any price, too many women stick with a wrong un as they are too scared of being on their own.
Bang on the button Owd Akela, the women involved with these Neanderthals should get out of there, and quick!
[quote][p][bold]Owd Akela[/bold] wrote: Now all we need to do is educate the women. Love is not worth it at any price, too many women stick with a wrong un as they are too scared of being on their own.[/p][/quote]Bang on the button Owd Akela, the women involved with these Neanderthals should get out of there, and quick! onsidecobra
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8:57pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Eric Shawn says...

Agree with the two earlier comments, but the trouble is, these Neanderthals
target a particular type of woman whom they feel safe bullying.
Agree with the two earlier comments, but the trouble is, these Neanderthals target a particular type of woman whom they feel safe bullying. Eric Shawn
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9:07pm Thu 3 Jul 14

CeeBee85 says...

Women don't stay because they're too scared to be on their own at all you ignorant fools!! Women stay because the men make it almost impossible to leave! I was with an abusive man and he cut me off from all my friends and family. It was only when I realised that either he was going to kill me, or I him, that I got the strength and courage to finally leave. Then it began - harassment, threats, emotional blackmail. It only started to ease when he was sectioned for attempted suicide. In my car, I might add. So it's nothing to do with not wanting to be alone - the whole time I was with him I would have given anything to be alone!!!
Women don't stay because they're too scared to be on their own at all you ignorant fools!! Women stay because the men make it almost impossible to leave! I was with an abusive man and he cut me off from all my friends and family. It was only when I realised that either he was going to kill me, or I him, that I got the strength and courage to finally leave. Then it began - harassment, threats, emotional blackmail. It only started to ease when he was sectioned for attempted suicide. In my car, I might add. So it's nothing to do with not wanting to be alone - the whole time I was with him I would have given anything to be alone!!! CeeBee85
  • Score: 1

12:20pm Fri 4 Jul 14

GracesDad says...

Why was my comment removed?
Why was my comment removed? GracesDad
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