Disclosure Details

Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme - 982/14

Dated: 27 Nov 2014

Date of request:     20/11/14

Date of response:  26/11/14

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

Thank you for your email dated 20 November 2014 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: 

 I would like to request information about the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme - also known as Clare's Law. Can you provide:
 
1) How many applications have been made to the force under Clare's Law since the scheme was launched to the latest available date?
2) How many applications have resulted in information being shared by the force with the applicant (number of disclosures)?

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 am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.
The data given below is as of 25th November 2014

1. 230 applications have been made to the force under Clare's Law since the scheme was launched
2. 37 applications have resulted in information being shared by the force with the applicant

Further information regarding the scheme can be found on the Northumbria Police website.
In order to assist I have provided the relevant links below

http://www.northumbria.police.uk/advice_and_information/advice_and_support/domestic_abuse/dvds/index.asp

http://www.northumbria.police.uk/news_and_events/media_centre/news_releases/details.asp?id=94244

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.


How to complain

If you are unhappy with our decision or do not consider that we have handled your request properly and we are unable to resolve this issue informally, you are entitled to make a formal complaint to us under our complaints procedure which can be found at: http://www.northumbria.police.uk/foi/disclosurelog/foicomprights.asp

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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