Disclosure Details

Domestic abuse - 1060/16

Dated: 31 Oct 2016

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')

Thank you for your e mail dated 30 September 2016 in which you made a request for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police. 

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked: 

I would like to request data on the number of recorded instances of domestic abuse for each day for your region for the period 1 January 2014 to 31 July 2016 inclusive. 

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.

Please note'Domestic violence' is not a crime category. Incidents of domestic abuse can have crimes linked to them. Northumbria Police recognises the impact on victims of all crimes resulting from domestic abuse situations, as such, any offence type can be linked to domestic abuse, and victims can be any age.  Examples of this could include an offender damages their neighbour's property during a domestic violence incident resulting in a criminal damage offence where the victim is the neighbour or a young child is hit during a domestic violence incident involving their parents where the victim is the child.

The information in this FOI is based on the number of incidents where a domestic abuse reference number has been attached to the report.

With the above in mind please see the below attached which answers your query.

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. 

The information we have supplied to you is likely to contain intellectual property rights of Northumbria Police.  Your use of the information must be strictly in accordance with the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended) or such other applicable legislation.  In particular, you must not re-use this information for any commercial purpose.


FOI 1060-16