Controlling and Coercive Behaviour (4452/18)

Request

  1. Since the introduction of the criminal offence of coercive and controlling behaviour on 29 December 2015 and till 31 March 2018 how many times has the offence of coercive or controlling behaviour been recorded in your police force?
  1. Since the introduction of the criminal offence of coercive and controlling behaviour on 29 December 2015 and till 31 March 2018 how many times the offence of coercive and controlling behaviour was recorded in your police force as committed against the victim aged 16 or 17?
  1. Out of the total number of times the offence of coercive and controlling behaviour was recorded between December 2015 and 31 March 2018 ( as in question (1) how many were assigned the following outcomes:

Charged / Summoned / Caution, Out of court disposal (formal and informal), Prosecution prevented, Not in the public interest (police), Not in the public interest (CPS), Evidential difficulties (suspect not identified, victim does not support action), Evidential difficulties (suspect identified, victim supports action), Evidential difficulties (suspect identified, victim does not support action), Investigation complete – no suspect identified, Action undertaken by another body / agency, Further investigation to support formal action not in the public interest, Offences not yet assigned an outcome (incomplete / ongoing)

  1. Out of the total number of times the offence of coercive and controlling behaviour was recorded between December 2015 and 31 March 2018, where victims age was 16 or 17 year old ( as in question 2), how many were assigned the following outcomes:

Charged / Summoned / Caution, Out of court disposal (formal and informal), Prosecution prevented, Not in the public interest (police), Not in the public interest (CPS), Evidential difficulties (suspect not identified, victim does not support action), Evidential difficulties (suspect identified, victim supports action), Evidential difficulties (suspect identified, victim does not support action), Investigation complete – no suspect identified, Action undertaken by another body / agency, Further investigation to support formal action not in the public interest, Offences not yet assigned an outcome (incomplete / ongoing)

Response

Please find attached our response.

Please note that these data should be interpreted with caution. Comparing numbers of incidents/crimes can be misleading and does not necessarily indicate the likelihood of someone being a victim of crime. In addition, the number of incidents/crimes recorded in an area over a period of time can be influenced by a number of factors. Consequently statistics on incidents/crimes for one period may not necessarily be a good indicator of future incidents in that area.

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.

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