More than 200 people have been prosecuted under the new revenge porn laws

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More than 200 revenge pornography prosecutions have been brought since new laws to tackle the crime were rolled out, an official report has revealed.

The figure was disclosed as Britain's most senior prosecutor warned of a "growing trend" of offences perpetrated on or through social media.

There were 206 cases started against defendants accused of disclosing private sexual images without consent in 2015/16.

The offence - which carries a maximum sentence of two years in prison - was introduced in April last year after calls from campaigners and victims.

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Prior to the change, revenge porn cases had to be dealt with through existing copyright or harassment laws.

Figures published by the Crown Prosecution Service also revealed that prosecutions for alleged "obscenity" offences - including cases brought under the Malicious Communications act and for possession of extreme porn images - jumped by 20% to just under 7,000.

Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders said: "There is a growing trend of crimes committed on or through social media.

"Since the new legislation came into force, there have been over 200 prosecutions for disclosing private sexual images without consent.

"We have also found that defendants in controlling or coercive cases rely on tactics such as GPS tracking and monitoring phone or email messages.

"The use of the internet, social media and other forms of technology to humiliate, control and threaten individuals is rising."

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The CPS's annual Violence Against Women and Girls report shows it is prosecuting and convicting a record number of rape, domestic abuse, sexual offences and child abuse cases. The figures are not exclusive to females and incorporate data on men and boys.

The study showed that in 2015/16:

Domestic abuse referrals from police fell slightly, but more than 100,000 defendants were prosecuted and more than 75,000 convicted - the highest volumes on record.

As of the end of March, five prosecutions were completed under a new domestic abuse law against coercive and controlling behaviour introduced in December.

There were record numbers of rape prosecutions (4,643) and convictions (2,689).

Nearly 12,000 defendants were prosecuted for sexual offences other than rape, a rise of 22.5% on the previous year and the highest volume on record.

Child sexual abuse prosecutions rose by 15.4% from 5,387 to 6,217, with convictions up 16.8% from 3,975 to 4,643.