Forced Marriage (577_13)

Request

– How many victims of forced marriage were identified by West Midlands Police in the years since 2012? I would like the data provided in calendar years and if possible by area eg. Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Wolverhampton etc.

 

– How many of the victims (again by year from 2012 and area) were identified as ‘at risk’ by authorities ie. councils/charities etc

 

-How many protection orders have been placed on vulnerable victims (again by year from 2012 and area)?

 

Response

Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide ‘at risk’ or those with protection orders without researching each individual case which would exceed the appropriate limit (FOIA, s.12 (1)).

 

Therefore, 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.

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.

 

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.

 

– How many victims of forced marriage were identified by West Midlands Police in the years since 2012? I would like the data provided in calendar years and if possible by area eg. Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Wolverhampton etc.

 

The Home Office Offence of Forced Marriage was only created in 2014. Therefore we have used a special interest marker to identify those CRIMES which are related to FM. Below table is CRIMES ONLY, not Non-Crime.

 

  2012 2013 2014 2015 Total
Birmingham 8 7 19 5 39
Coventry 2 2 1 5
Dudley 2 2 4
Sandwell 1 3 4
Solihull 0 0 0 0 0
Walsall 1 2 1 4
Wolverhampton 1 3 4
Total 15 11 29 5 60

 

 

 

– How many of the victims (again by year from 2012 and area) were identified as ‘at risk’ by authorities ie. councils/charities etc

 

The cost of locating and retrieving the information would exceed the appropriate costs limit under section 12 of the Freedom of information Act 2000

 

-How many protection orders have been placed on vulnerable victims (again by year from 2012 and area)?

 

 

As above

 

 

 

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