Violence against the person sanction detection

MQT on 2015-09-16
Session date: 
September 16, 2015
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


The answer to MQ 2015/1998 shows that the sanction detection rate for violence against the person offences is as low as 25.5% for 2014/15.  Less than 3 in 10 of these crimes are being solved in London.  How are you supporting the victims of these crimes that do not get solved?


Answer for Violence against the person sanction detection

Answer for Violence against the person sanction detection

Answered By: 
The Mayor

All victims of crime are entitled to, and deserving of, support regardless of whether or not a sanction detection is achieved in their case, and I am determined to continue to offer them improved levels of support.

We are working with statutory partners in the criminal justice system in London to help make the process more victim-centred. For example, since April 2015 the Victim Right to Review has been fully implemented, giving victims the right to ask the police to review a decision not to prosecute a suspect.

Additionally, I have commissioned a range of services that specifically support victims of violent crime, including the Havens and Rape Crisis Centres for victims of domestic and sexual violence, as well as an enhanced priority referral scheme through Victim Support, which ensures a prompt and targeted assessment of the support needs of such victims.

It is vital that we work together across the criminal justice system to drive a victim-centred approach aimed at achieving swift and sure justice, preventing re-victimisation, and delivering continued improvement in the levels of support to victims of crime. To this end, My Office for Policing And Crime is leading work with criminal justice partners in London to develop an ambitious end-to-end 'whole system' approach to improving