This publication compiles statistics from data sources across the Criminal Justice System (CJS), to provide a combined perspective on the typical experiences of women who come into contact with it. It considers how these experiences have changed over time and how they contrast to the typical experiences of men.
In general, females appear to have been substantially under-represented as offenders throughout the CJS compared with males. This is particularly true in relation to the most serious offence types and sentences, though patterns by sex vary between individual offences.
Females were also typically underrepresented among practitioners in the CJS and among victims of violent crime, although they were more likely than males to have been a victim of intimate violence or child abuse. Trends over time for each sex often mirror overall trends, though this is not always the case.
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Ministry of Justice
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice; Minister of State for courts and justice; Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for prisons and probation; Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for victims, youth and family justice; Lords spokesperson; Permanent Secretary; 2 Special Advisers; Director General, justice and courts policy group; Director General, finance group; Director, criminal justice policy; Director for analytical services and Chief Economist; Chief Statistician; 1 Equalities analyst, 12 policy advisers; 1 Principal Private Secretary; 2 Deputy Principal Private Secretaries; 12 Private Secretaries; 5 Press Officers.
Home Secretary; Permanent Secretary; 4 Special Advisers, Director of Crime; 3 Private Secretaries; 1 Deputy Principal Private Secretary; Chief Statistician; 1 Analyst; 1 Press Officer.
The Office of the Lord Chief Justice
Lord Chief Justice; Head of Lord Chief Justice’s Criminal Justice Team; Legal Advisor to the Lord Chief Justice; 1 Private Secretary.
Crown Prosecution Service
1 Policy Adviser.
5 Commissioning Advisers.
Attorney General’s Office
1 Policy Adviser
1 Policy Adviser
Office for National Statistics