Some statistics were obtained from the Domestic Violence Unit for 2009. The data reflects a number of reported domestic violence cases and a high number have proceeded with court action. A number of cases also are being settled outside of court. This data shows that while there is a high number of cases being reported, quite a significant number also do not proceed to court. The high number of cases being settled outside of court is evident of the need for not only counselling and support services but more monitoring and follow up. It is anticipated that the work on the Interagency Response System shall address these concerns so that the victims and perpetrators of violence are being supported through counselling and are followed through by the Domestic Violence Unit staff. In 2009, there were 170 domestic violence cases that proceeded to court; 147 minor cases were settled out of court; 14 cases were pending and in progress.
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CEDAW/C/WSM/4-5 para 2.3.6