Crimes - 348/16
Dated: 12 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 10 March 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.
1. I would like to know the number of crimes of rape recorded in each of the last ten years in the area covered by Northumbria Police.
2. Also please state how many of the crimes of rape in each of these years were reported by women.
3. How many crimes of domestic abuse were recorded in the area covered by Northumbria Police in each of the years from April 2006 - 2015.
4. Also please state how many of the crimes of domestic abuse in each of these years were reported by women.
You then clarified that you mean offences where women were the victims, not where women were 'reporting'.
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 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.
The below should be noted:
The results for rape offences are based on the year the crime was recorded, therefore, may include historic offences which have been reported at a later date.
Domestic abuse crimes are those crimes attached to incidents which have a domestic abuse record created. This means that domestic abuse crimes can be any type of offence, such as criminal damage, burglary, vehicle crime, drug crime etc.
Domestic abuse crimes can have more than one victim. The response provides the number of female victims; the remaining victims are made up of men, business/companies and Regina (where there is no specific victim).
If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would expect that you to take into consideration the factors highlighted above so as not to mislead members of the public or official bodies or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.
With the above in mind, please see the below attached which answers your queries in full.
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.
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.