Disclosure Details

Domestic violence statistics - 170/13

Dated: 25 Mar 2013

Date of request:      25/02/2013

Date of response:   25/03/2013

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

Thank you for your email dated 7 March 2013 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 by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked: 

  1. Statistics regarding the following 3 items for the 2011/2012 calendar year, or the most recent 12 month sample if this information is not available. 
    The number of incidents reported to the police which were flagged as involving domestic abuse or domestic violence. (Preferably separated if possible) 

  2. The number of these incidents which were then recorded as crimes 

  3. A breakdown of these numbers by Local Authority if available.

In response:

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 Crime Department of Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

I have today decided to disclose the located information to you as follows.

Figures given are for the financial year 1st April 2011 to 31st March 2012.

  1. There were 27,683 such incidents reported to Northumbria Police. We do not distinguish between Domestic Violence and Domestic Abuse so this figure can not be separated as such.

  2. 4090

  3. See table below

Local authority area Incidents  Crimes
Northumberland 3781 583
Newcastle 5949


North Tyneside 4097 581
Gateshead 4336 576
South Tyneside


Sunderland 6104 979

Northumbria Police is committed to protecting the lives of all victims of domestic abuse, investigating all reports, bringing offenders to justice and holding them accountable for their actions and adopting a proactive multi-agency approach to prevent and reduce domestic abuse.
Further information regarding Northumbria Police's current Domestic Abuse campaign, Dont walk on eggshells, can be found on the Northumbria Police website

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If you are still unhappy after we have investigated your complaint and reported to you the outcome, you may complain directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office and request that they investigate to ascertain whether we have dealt with your request in accordance with the Act.


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