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Coercive & controlling behaviour - 395/18

Date Responded 02 May 2018

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

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:

1. Since the introduction of the criminal offence of coercive and controlling behaviour on 29 December 2015 and till 31 March 2018 how many times has the offence of coercive or controlling behaviour been recorded in your police force?

2. Since the introduction of the criminal offence of coercive and controlling behaviour on 29 December 2015 and till 31 March 2018 how many times the offence of coercive and controlling behaviour was recorded in your police force as committed against the victim aged 16 or 17?

3. Out of the total number of times the offence of coercive and controlling behaviour was recorded between December 2015 and 31 March 2018 ( as in question (1) how many were assigned the following outcomes:

a) Charged/ Summoned / Caution

b) Out – of- court disposal (formal and informal)

c) Prosecution prevented

d) not in the public interest (police)

e) not in the public interest (CPS)

f) Evidential Difficulties (suspect not identified, victim does not support action)

g) Evidential Difficulties (suspect identified, victim supports action)

h) Evidential Difficulties (suspect identified, victim does not support action)

i) Investigation complete - no suspect identified

j) Action undertaken by another body/agency

k) Further investigation to support formal action not in the public interest

l) Offences not yet assigned an outcome (incomplete/on-going)

4. Out of the total number of times the offence of coercive and controlling behaviour was recorded between December 2015 and 31 March 2018, where victims age was 16 or 17 year old ( as in question 2), how many were assigned the following outcomes:

m) Charged/ Summoned / Caution

n) Out – of- court disposal (formal and informal)

o) Prosecution prevented

p) not in the public interest (police)

q) not in the public interest (CPS)

r) Evidential Difficulties (suspect not identified, victim does not support action)

s) Evidential Difficulties (suspect identified, victim supports action)

t) Evidential Difficulties (suspect identified, victim does not support action)

u) Investigation complete - no suspect identified

v) Action undertaken by another body/agency

w) Further investigation to support formal action not in the public interest

x) Offences not yet assigned an outcome (incomplete/on-going)

1. Since the introduction of the criminal offence of coercive and controlling behaviour on 29 December 2015 and till 31 March 2018 how many times has the offence of coercive or controlling behaviour been recorded in your police force?

2. Since the introduction of the criminal offence of coercive and controlling behaviour on 29 December 2015 and till 31 March 2018 how many times the offence of coercive and controlling behaviour was recorded in your police force as committed against the victim aged 16 or 17?

3. Out of the total number of times the offence of coercive and controlling behaviour was recorded between December 2015 and 31 March 2018 ( as in question (1) how many were assigned the following outcomes:

a) Charged/ Summoned / Caution

b) Out – of- court disposal (formal and informal)

c) Prosecution prevented

d) not in the public interest (police)

e) not in the public interest (CPS)

f) Evidential Difficulties (suspect not identified, victim does not support action)

g) Evidential Difficulties (suspect identified, victim supports action)

h) Evidential Difficulties (suspect identified, victim does not support action)

i) Investigation complete - no suspect identified

j) Action undertaken by another body/agency

k) Further investigation to support formal action not in the public interest

l) Offences not yet assigned an outcome (incomplete/on-going)

4. Out of the total number of times the offence of coercive and controlling behaviour was recorded between December 2015 and 31 March 2018, where victims age was 16 or 17 year old ( as in question 2), how many were assigned the following outcomes:

m) Charged/ Summoned / Caution

n) Out – of- court disposal (formal and informal)

o) Prosecution prevented

p) not in the public interest (police)

q) not in the public interest (CPS)

r) Evidential Difficulties (suspect not identified, victim does not support action)

s) Evidential Difficulties (suspect identified, victim supports action)

t) Evidential Difficulties (suspect identified, victim does not support action)

u) Investigation complete - no suspect identified

v) Action undertaken by another body/agency

w) Further investigation to support formal action not in the public interest

x) Offences not yet assigned an outcome (incomplete/on-going)

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 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 attached.

The data has been collated through a search of all crimes created between 29/12/15 and 31/03/18 for the offence 'Engage in controlling / coercive behaviour in an intimate / family relationship.' 

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