False allegations of domestic violence are rare, according to new study
The report, which has been published by the Director of Public Prosecutions, suggests that false allegations are even rarer than was previously thought. In only a small number of cases examined was there enough evidence to indicate that accusations were false.
In the 17 month period that the study examined there were 111,891 prosecutions for domestic violence, and only six prosecutions for making false allegations.
The study is part of a wider drive by the CPS to improve its handling of abuse cases against women and girls.
“This is a trailblazing report. It’s the first time we have clear evidence on the prosecution of this important issue. This report shows that false allegations of rape and domestic violence are very rare, but that they are very serious where they do exist. My view is that this shows that the CPS guidance for prosecutors on this issue is broadly in the right place. This report will therefore help us to ensure that we are able to make consistent and sound decisions in these difficult cases.”
“Victims of rape and domestic violence must not be deterred from reporting the abuse they have suffered. In recent years we have worked hard to dispel the damaging myths and stereotypes that are associated with these cases. One such misplaced belief is that false allegations of rape and domestic violence are rife. This report presents a more accurate picture.”
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