Domestic violence - 551/16
Dated: 02 Jun 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 29 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.
1) In the last 12 months, to date, how many alleged incidents of domestic violence have been reported to the police?
2) How have these alleged incidents been disposed of, i.e. charged, dismissed etc? I would like a breakdown for each incident.
3) How many of those people charged were under 18 years of age?
4) How many of these alleged incidents concerned victims aged 16 or 17?
5) How many of these alleged incidents concerned victims aged under 16?
I would like clarification for each question on whether the perpetrator was male or female and also whether the victim was male or female.
To clarify I wish to access information about crimes and the disposal of these crimes.
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 response provided should be read with the below noted:
The response is split into two parts - crimes and arrests. The arrests can not necessarily be linked to the crimes and should be treated separately.
This response has been researched using the force definition of Domestic Abuse. Northumbria Police defines domestic abuse as: "Any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between adults, aged 18 and over (from 1 April 2013 the age will drop to 16 and over), who are or have been intimate partners or are family members, regardless of gender and sexuality."
Included are all crimes linked to Domestic Abuse.
With the above in mind please see the below which answers your query 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.
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