Date Responded 06 May 2020

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. Can you confirm whether your force gives suspected victims of domestic abuse replacement phones if theirs have to be seized?
  2. If you have adopted this policy – when did you start it? How many phones do you have available to give to victims?
  3. If you have not adopted this policy, do you intend to adopt it? When would this be?
  4. If not, why have you chosen not to adopt it?

In Response:

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Safeguarding 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. Not as a matter of course, each individual case would be assessed on the need of the victim and other factors relating to the seizure.
  2. 2018 - 143 units.
  3. N/A.
  4. N/A.
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