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Date Responded 03 September 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:

Please provide me with data regarding domestic abuse for each of the financial years between 2013/14 and 2017/18.

  1. For each year, please tell me the number of domestic abuse cases (a) reported, (b) classed as incidents, (c) classed as crimes, and (d) instances of a crime where a suspect was charged and referred to the CPS.
  2. For each year and category (a-d), please also give me a breakdown by the gender of the accused/perpetrator? If possible, please also provide a similar breakdown for age.

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 and the Criminal Justice Departments of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police, however some information cannot be disclosed as this would attract a refusal for time and cost.  Please see full explanation below.  

Previous FOIs have the total number of DV records (which will be incidents, but any report of DV received will result in an incident being created), therefore, FOIs 108/18 and 477/18 will answer 1a and 1b.  They also include the total number of DV crimes to answer 1c and a breakdown by suspect gender to answer question 2. 

The number of crimes from 1d, where at least one suspect was charged is in the table below.  This could not be broken down by gender and age as some of the crimes will have multiple suspects, hence the separate count of suspects and crimes in the previous FOI.  The charge/summons is just the primary outcome (i.e., at least one suspect was charged).  For example, one crime may have 2 suspects, a 25 year old female who was charged and a 34 year old male was given a caution.  The outcome of this crime would be charge/summons but we would not know which of the two suspects were charged without reviewing each one, which would engage a S12 refusal for time and cost.  If both suspects were charged and the charges were broken down by gender and age, the crime would be counted twice.

Therefore, with the above in mind, as the information is freely available on the Northumbria Police website, the following exemptions applies. 

Section 21 (1) - Information accessible by other means

Information which is reasonably accessible to the applicant is exempt information.

This information has been asked for previously, released and is published on the Northumbria Police Disclosure Log.  Relevant FOIs are 108/18 & 447/18

 With the above in mind, please find the table below in relation to 1d .  All of those charges were referred to CPS. 

Year

No. of Crimes

2013/14

3167

2014/15

3702

2015/16

3840

2016/17

3283

2017/18

3609

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