Can victims of crime hope for justice from a crumbling system?

Yvonne Roberts

After police officer David Carrick’s conviction on 51 charges of rape and domestic abuse, the Met announced it was reviewing a further 1,633 cases of domestic and sexual abuse involving more than 800 officers. Every police force in England and Wales is reviewing allegations of domestic and sexual abuse relating to officers dating back a decade. Potentially, that’s a significant number of historical victims and more women coming forward. But how much faith can they have in what follows?

Victims face loss, injury and trauma. Months pass in which no information is forthcoming about what has happened to their case. By last September, the crown courts had 62,766 outstanding cases – 28% of them outstanding for more than a year. In magistrates courts, there were 347,820 such cases. Justice is not being seen to be done….