Same Sex Domestic Violence (1274/16)

Request

The incident database does not record detailed information about the victim or offender (unless it is contained within the incident log which would have to be manually searched). Therefore it cannot be interrogated to isolate the incidents where there was same sex domestic violence. Instead, this level of detailed information is recorded in the crimes database. Also, the incident and crime databases are separate. Although there is an option to input a crime number into the incident database, this is not always used.

To provide data that may satisfy your request, we would have to query the crimes database. Here we can isolate offences where a domestic violence marker has been used and the victim/ offender gender is the same. We are also able to provide risk level, crime type and outcome but are unable to provide repeated crimes within the time limit set by the FOI Act. Information pertaining to questions 9 and 10 (in the `provisions¿ tab) can be provided.

Response

Our response is attached (1274_Attachment.doc and 1274_Attachment.xlsx). Please read the description concerning how we obtained the data.

Please note that these data should be interpreted with caution. Comparing numbers of 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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