Honour Based Violence - 1254/20

Date Responded 21 September 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.  We would like to establish how many cases your constabulary has recorded specifically as ‘honour-based abuse’ (HBA) or ‘honour-based violence’ (HBV) and forced marriage during the two 12-month periods listed individually below?

  • Year 2018
  • Year 2019

2.  From 2015 to 2019, how many officers and frontline staff (including those who take reports from victims) in your constabulary have been trained in how to respond appropriately to HBA or HBV and forced marriage victims and perpetrators? Please indicate if they have been trained to make a distinction between domestic abuse and HBA or HBV.

Please state by year:

  • Year 2015
  • Year 2016
  • Year 2017
  • Year 2018
  • Year 2019

3.  Through what methods have they been trained (please select from below) and please provide the frequency of this specialist HBA/HBV/FM training.

  • Online
  • Face-to-Face
  • A mixture of both
  • As part of another compulsory training session, if so, please state which training course.

On the 21 August 2020 you added:

In response to my previous message, several forces have asked for further clarity about question 1. Therefore, please note the revised first question below. Questions 2 and 3 are unchanged.

Firstly, please can you confirm, individually for year 2018 and 2019:

a)  How many incidents of ‘honour-based abuse’ (HBA) or ‘honour-based violence’ (HBV) and ‘forced marriage’ your police force recorded?

b)  How many of these incidents led to criminal charges being pressed?

c)  How many of the charges referred to in question 2 resulted in convictions?”

In Response:

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Corporate Development, Criminal justice and Training Departments of Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the information you have requested is held, in part, by Northumbria Police.

I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.


Forced Marriage

Of which led to charges

Honour Based Abuse

Of which led to charges












Of the 3 charged cases; one case was convicted, one was dismissed and one still ongoing.

2. Year 2015 – No records held

Year 2016 – 303

Year 2017 – 118

Year 2018 – 198

Year 2019 – 198

All of the above courses make the distinction between domestic abuse and HBA or HBV.

3.  Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA), formerly Initial Police Learning Development Programme (IPLDP).  This is delivered to all new student officers, at the start of their career.

  • Initial Crime Investigations Development Programme (ICIDP) – Courses delivered annually to new Detectives, depending on demand.
  • Management of Serious Crime Investigations Development Programme (MSCIDP) – Courses delivered annually to qualifying Detective Inspectors, depending on demand.
  • Police Now – Delivered annually to new Police Now Students.


In addition to the above, Northumbria Police can neither confirm nor deny that any further information is held relevant to your request as the duty in Section 1(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 does not apply by virtue of the following exemption:

Section 23(5) – Information supplied by, or concerning, certain security bodies

Section 23 is a class based absolute exemption and there is no requirement to consider the public interest test in this area.

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