Date Responded 29 January 2021

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:

From April 2015, to the most recent data available, split into 6 month intervals.

1) The number of cases of revenge porn - crimes recorded under Home Office code 008/71 Disclosure of private sexual photographs and films with intent to cause distress - reported to your force.

1.a) The data broken down by age group of the victims - 0-10, 11-15, 16-20, 21-30, 31-40, 41-50, 51-60, 60+.

1.b) What was the outcome for these cases (ie charged/summonsed, cases pending, caution, case dropped etc).

In Response:

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 with the caveats below noted.

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.

The data has been taken from the central database using the crime and victim tables using the HO code supplied. Semester 1 is taken as the first six months in the fiscal year (April to September), and semester 2 is the second six months from the fiscal year (October to March). 

With all the above noted I respond as attached.

Revenge Porn - 073/21

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