NW has most domestic abuse cases, say prosecutors

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There were more domestic violence convictions in the North West last year than anywhere else in England and Wales, according to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

The CPS said it brought 10,600 prosecutions in Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Cumbria.

Some 80% of cases resulted in a conviction.

Joanne Simpson, manager of the Women's Domestic Abuse Helpline, said victims "want an end to domestic violence".

Clare's law

She said she hoped the figures meant more women know they can come forward and be dealt with "sympathetically and in the right way".

"Most of the six refuges in Greater Manchester are full most of the time," she added.

CPS prosecutor Nazir Afzal said: "I hope [the figures] give domestic violence victims confidence in coming forward and reporting incidents to the police."

The region with the next highest number of domestic abuse cases was London, with 9,875 prosecutions and 6,442 convictions last year, according to the CPS figures.

A scheme to let people find out from police if their partner has a history of domestic violence was brought in across England and Wales earlier this year.

It is known as Clare's Law, after Clare Wood, from Salford, who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in 2009.

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