Domestic Violence (3778_16)

Request

RE: Freedom of Information 2000 Request – Statistics of Domestic Violence Offences in the
West Midlands categorised by Race and Gender of Alleged Offender

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act (2000) I would like to request some statistics regarding cases of Domestic Violence that have been recorded and/or dealt with by the West Midlands Police in the past five years. I am particularly interested in information which shows the following:-

a) The breakdown of figures by race and gender of the alleged offender

b) Further breakdown by decision taken by the West Midlands Police; i.e. Release without
charge, issue police caution, or charge the alleged offender

c) Further information regarding the court outcome of those that were charged; i.e. convicted
in court or acquitted.

 

Response

I apologise for the delay in responding.
Please find attached our response, please note we are unable to provide court outcomes, this information would be held by Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service.
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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