Domestic violence (19126/19)

Request

This is a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. My request relates to reported offences, arrests, charges, cautions and prosecutions under Section 76 of the Serious Crime Act 2015 and information about domestic homicides in the West Midlands Police area.

I would like to request the following information. Between January 2016 and September 2019, how many of the following have taken place under Section 76 of the Serious Crime Act 2015 (“Controlling or coercive behaviour in an intimate or family relationship”):

– Reports of offences

– Arrests

– Charges

– Cautions

– Prosecutions

I would also like to request the following information.

Number of domestic homicides in the Birmingham City Council, Coventry Council, Walsall Council, Sandwell Council, Wolverhampton Council, Dudley Council, Solihull Council area (sorted by council area) each year from 2010.

Please sort by gender of the victim and the gender of the suspect.

Response

Please find attached our response.

Please be advised that the information that you have requested is not available in a readily retrievable format. In relation Prosecution data, as this is held by the courts and not routinely fed back into WMP systems.

Therefore the cost of providing you with the information is above the amount to which we are legally required to respond i.e. the cost of locating and retrieving the information exceeds the ‘appropriate level’ as stated in the Freedom of Information (Fees and Appropriate Limit) Regulations 2004.

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, this letter acts as a Refusal Notice for this part of the request and if one part of a request exceeds the fees limit then S12 of the Act applies to the whole request

However, In accordance with Section 16 of the Act I have a duty to provide advice and assistance in relation to your request and can provide information in relation the other questions asked apart from prosecution information.

This should not be taken as a precedent that additional information would be supplied outside of the time/fees legislation for any subsequent requests

Further information on section 12 of FOI is available here:

https://www.app.college.police.uk/app-content/information-management/freedom-of-information/#fees-and-charges

In relation to the information supplied 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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