Domestic Abuse - 1007/15
Dated: 26 Nov 2015
Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')
Thank you for your e mail dated 31 October 2015 in which you made a request for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police.
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1) Number of incidents reported as 'domestic dispute' , specifying the number of and being gender specific for 2014 – 2015
2) Number of incidents reported as VAP , specifying the number of and being gender specific for 2014 – 2015.
3) Number of VAP crimes that have been flagged with a 'domestic' marker', specifying the number of and being gender specific for 2014 – 2015.
4) Arrest figures for VAP with the domestic marker flagged, specifying the gender numbers for 2014 – 2015.
5) What supporting tools, procedures that are put into place for the victims of the crime and also for the perpetrator?
To confirm, I require the information based on domestic abuse, on partner and/or ex partner related. Listing the genders and numbers, separately of the victims.
We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.
Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Corporate Development Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.
I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.
1) 23,523 partner/ex partner domestic abuse records were created in 2014/15.
For each incident where gender is known/recorded:
Victim gender : 19,812 female and 3,707 male
Suspect gender: 3,676 female and 19,846 male
2) It is not possible to provide this information. The incident has informant information only and they are not necessarily the victim, and gender details aren't recorded at this point.
3) There were 4,292 VAP crimes associated with the incidents in 1). Where the victim gender is recorded, there were 3,370 female victims, 538 male victims. Gender details are not available in some cases and a number of crimes relate to breaches of restraining orders and for these offences the victim on the crime is Regina and therefore there is no gender to record.
4) For the 3,847 VAP arrests associated with the incidents in 1): there were 379 females arrested, 3,464 males arrested and 4 where the gender wasn't recorded.
5) All responding officers to any report of a domestic dispute are expected to take positive action and undertake all lines of enquiry to ensure safeguarding of the victim and prosecution of any identified offence. Following this they are required to complete a DASH form which assesses RISK and this is then assessed as Standard, Medium or High. All victims of domestic abuse receive a risk assessment and further response is dictated by this risk assessment. All high risk victims are managed by a specialist department. Northumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner has domestic abuse as one of her 5 policing priorities and this is supported by the Violence against Women and Girls strategy that has ensured a focus in this area and signed up numerous partner agencies to assist in tackling domestic abuse and protecting victims.
There is an innovation project that seeks to address offending behaviour by engaging with offenders and providing support and the option of tagging to prevent further offending.
Northumbria Police also promotes and utilises the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme where individuals have a right to ask about a persons antecedents regarding Domestic Abuse. Positive action taken against perpetrators also includes Domestic Violence Prevention Notices/Orders where the perpetrator can be removed from the house or have prohibitions imposed to reduce the risk of harm to the victim and their family.
Body worn cameras are utilised within the force which provides evidence to support the victim or in some cases to commence evidence led prosecutions against perpetrators where the victim is reluctant to support a prosecution.
Phone technology and personal protection units are also offered to victims to provide reassurance that the police can provide a quick response to any activations.
Due to the different methods of recording information across 43 forces, a specific response from one constabulary should not be seen as an indication of what information could be supplied (within cost) by another. Systems used for recording these figures are not generic, nor are the procedures used locally in capturing the data. For this reason responses between forces may differ, and should not be used for comparative purposes.
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