Disclosure Details

Clares Law - 014/15

Dated: 26 Feb 2015

Date of request:      05/01/15

Date of response:    17/02/15

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

Thank you for your email dated 5 January 2015 in which you made a request for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police.

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked: 

"Since the inception of Claires Law, please provide the following information:
1. The Total number of Disclosure requests received by Calendar Year by Gender, by Age, by Ethnic Origin
2. The Total number of Disclosure requests which confirmed a curremnt partner HAD a previous history of violence by Calendar Year by Gender, by Age, by Ethnic Origin
3. The Total number of Disclosure requests which confirmed a curremnt partner did NOT have a previous history of violence by Calendar Year by Gender, by Age, by Ethnic Origin" 

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 Crime 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.

You should note that Clares Law only went live in Northumbria on 1st April 2014 therefore we can only provide information from that point in time.
The information provided below has been disclosed with the following caveats.

The reply only contains data from requests where checks were carried out on the subject.
The Ethnic Origin data is based on the '16+1' self-defined ethnicity codes
Discounted requests include the following:
· Duplicate requests
· Not meeting Clare’s Law criteria (e.g. information requested was for injunction / restraining order)
· Person at risk is a child
· Request submitted to Northumbria Police by persons who reside in another Force area, these were either forwarded on to the appropriate Force or applicant was asked to re-submit to their local Force

Please note that to avoid exemptions being applied to withhold, the figures for 2015 have been grouped into 5 year age spans due to the lower numbers involved in the short time span.

With the above in mind please see the below which answers your request.

Due to the different methods of recording information across 43 forces, a specific response from one constabulary should not be seen as an indication of what information could be supplied (within cost) by another.  Systems used for recording these figures are not generic, nor are the procedures used locally in capturing the data.  For this reason responses between forces may differ, and should not be used for comparative purposes.

The information we have supplied to you is likely to contain intellectual property rights of Northumbria Police.  Your use of the information must be strictly in accordance with the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended) or such other applicable legislation.  In particular, you must not re-use this information for any commercial purpose.

How to complain

If you are unhappy with our decision or do not consider that we have handled your request properly and we are unable to resolve this issue informally, you are entitled to make a formal complaint to us under our complaints procedure which can be found at: http://www.northumbria.police.uk/foi/disclosurelog/foicomprights.asp

If you are still unhappy after we have investigated your complaint and reported to you the outcome, you may complain directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office and request that they investigate to ascertain whether we have dealt with your request in accordance with the Act.


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