Domestic Violence (2230_12)

Request

we are looking at regional statistics of domestic violence cases. We would like to have a breakdown of:

  • Numbers of DV incidences
  • Numbers of DV call-outs
  • Numbers of DV arrests
  • Number of DV charges
  • Number of DV convictions
  • Numbers of male/female perpetrators

From the most recent figures, and compared with 10 years ago if possible for the West Midlands.

Response

The cost of providing all of the requested information, and therefore compliance with your request, is above the amount to which we are legally required to respond. Although excess cost removes the force’s obligations under the Freedom of Information Act, as a gesture of goodwill I have supplied information, relative to your request, retrieved before it was realised that the fees limit would be exceeded. I trust this is helpful, but it does not affect our legal right to rely on the fees regulations for the remainder of the request.

In order to ascertain the number of Domestic Violence convictions this would mean a manual search of all charged records; such a search would exceed the appropriate limit. This means that the cost of compliance with your request is above the amount to which we are legally required to respond, i.e. the cost of locating and retrieving the information would exceed the appropriate costs limit under section 12 of the Freedom of information Act 2000. For West Midlands Police, the appropriate limit is set at £450, as prescribed by the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004, S.I. 3244. In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, this letter acts as a refusal notice.

A public authority which, in relation to any request for information, is relying on a claim that section 12 or section 14 applies must, within the time for complying with Section 1(1), give the applicant a notice stating that fact. In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, this letter acts as a refusal notice.

Your attention is drawn to your right to request a re-examination of your case under West Midlands Police review procedure, which can be found at:

www.west-midlands.police.uk/advice-centre/accessing-information/freedom-of-information/review-and-appeals

Please note that such an appeal must be received within 40 working days of the date of this correspondence.

As recommended as good practice by the Information Commissioner’s Office a version of this response may be published on the West Midlands Police website.

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