Disclosure Details

Coercive control - 487/16

Dated: 22 Apr 2016

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

Thank you for your e mail dated 13 April  2016 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 at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked:

This request concerns arrests and charges under Section 76 of the Serious Crime Act 2015: Controlling or Coercive Behaviour in an Intimate or Family Relationship, made by your force from March 1st 2015 to April 1 2016.

1. Please provide the number of persons arrested under Section 76 of the act.

2. Please provide the number of persons charged under Section 76 of the act.

3. Please provide any guidance your force has produce on the application of this act, including any case studies used by the force as part of this guidance.


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.

1. Three arrests have been made.

2. Two persons have received a charge.

3. Northumbria Police has delivered training to all officers and staff  (including Chief Officer Team and PCC) in Coercive Control and the legislation. Officers and staff all have access to procedure and resource concerning the new legislation.

You may be interested in our response to similar previous requests which are published on our Disclosure Log via the Northumbria Police website, the link to which is below.  FOI's 003/16, 454/16 & 469/16 refer.

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.