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Domestic abuse by women increases

The number of women convicted over domestic violence in England and Wales has more than doubled in the last five years, it has been revealed.

Figures from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and men's domestic abuse charity Mankind show that nearly 4,000 women were successfully prosecuted last year compared to fewer than 1,500 in 2005.

The number of women convicted as a proportion of the total amount for both sexes also rose from 5% to 7% over the same period. More than 55,000 men were prosecuted in 2010, compared with over 28,700 five years earlier.

Mankind chairman Mark Brooks told BBC Radio 5 Live Breakfast, who obtained the data, that there is not enough support for male victims.

"The help for male victims is very sparse. There are a number of national and local helplines. There are some councils and police forces that do a great job in encouraging and supporting men when they come forward but it's far too few.

"And services, generally speaking, are around three decades behind the services available to female victims and really in this day and age that is not acceptable."

A CPS spokesman said the service does support male victims of violence in the home.

"Any form of domestic violence is a serious crime that ruins lives and breaks up families irrespective of whether the victim is male or female.

"There is no bias or lack of concern on the part of CPS when dealing with cases involving male victims.

"The pernicious nature of the offending remains the same regardless of gender and our domestic violence policies are purposefully gender neutral as a result - the wording does not single out men or women."

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