Disclosure Details

Revenge porn - 570/16

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  5 May  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:

Would you please supply me with figures relating to the enforcement of the law surrounding 'revenge porn' - that is the offence of  "sharing of private, sexual materials, either photos or videos, of another person without their consent and with the purpose of causing embarrassment or distress".

I would like the up to date figures for the entire year since the law's introduction - from April 2015 to and including April 2016.

1. Date of offence and age and sex of the victim.

2. The platform used to publish the image or information - for example Facebook or Instagram.

3. What media was used - for example photo or video?

4. Any further information about the offence- ie what form did the offence take - was it a threat to publish or was something published

5. Was it an ex partner?

6. Outcome of the investigation.


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. 

You should note that this information has been presented in a way which avoids the use of exemptions being applied to withhold.  In this case S40 would be applicable as to provide all the requested data per case would allow the identity of the victim to be ascertained.  The data therefore in each numbered response is presented randomly so no link can be made to victims details.

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.


FOI 570-16