Disclosure Details

Domestic Abuse - 752/14

Dated: 07 Oct 2014

Date of request:      18/09/14

Date of response:  07/10/14

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

Thank you for your email dated 18 September  2014 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: 

  I am writing to request some data on domestic abuse in Northumbria.

Specifically, I would like to request the statistics for reported incidents, and convictions, of domestic abuse/violence, including the prevalence in each of the boroughs for the last three years.
If possible, please split each borough into its respective towns/areas and display the data held for each.

As per our acknowledgement to you dated 18th September 2014,we are taking it that by 'borough' you mean policing area, which is  Area Command, and this is how the information will be presented.
 

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 Strategy and Performance Unit  Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police however cannot be disclosed as the information you have requested is not held in a format that can be retrieved within the time limits of the Act
To provide information which meets the criteria of your request, particularly in relation to convictions, would entail a member of staff manually reviewing each crime and associated offender to establish if the offender were convicted. Initial indications are this may involve searching over 7000 crimes for the period you specified. This being the number of crimes that initially appear to be connected to domestic violence. Even at a conservative estimate of 2 minutes per record, which we have considered as reasonable,  we have estimated that to extract this information would take over 233 hours, therefore Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act would apply.  This section does not oblige a public authority to comply with a request for information if the authority estimated that the cost of complying with the request would exceed the appropriate limit of 18 hours, equating to £450.00

You should consider this to be a refusal notice under Section 17 of the Act for that part of your request..


As part of your request would exceed the prescribed limit, as defined by the Act, there is no requirement for Northumbria Police to provide a response to the remaining parts of your request.  However, in order to provide you with some assistance, under Section 16 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, an initial assessment of the information that may be provided within the time constraints would be the number of Domestic violence incidents and crimes for the last three years broken down to Area Command and Sector level.

If that would be useful you may wish to define and resubmit your request accordingly

 

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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