Controlling / Coercive Behaviour (4641_16)

Request

Since controlling or coercive behaviour in an intimate or family relationship became a criminal offence under section 76 of the Serious Crime Act 2015 on the 29th December 2015, to date:

1) How many alleged incidents of controlling/coercive behaviour 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 these alleged incidents concerned victims aged 16 or 17?

4) How many of these alleged incidents concerned victims aged under 16?

I would like clarification for each question on whether the alleged incident took place in an intimate relationship or in a family relationship, and whether the victim was female or male.

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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