Domestic Abuse (121/19)

Request

1 – The total number of domestic-abuse related offences recorded by the force in the year ending March 31, 2018 (2017-18)

2 – The outcome of domestic-abuse related offences in the year ending March 31, 2018 (2017-18), listed by type/group in these categories:

a-Charged/summonsed – (outcome number 1) b-Out-of-court (formal and informal) – (outcome numbers 2, 3, 6, 7, 8) c-Evidential difficulties (suspect identified; victim supports action) – (outcome number 15) d-Evidential difficulties (victim does not support action) – (outcome numbers 14, 16) e-Investigation complete – no suspect identified (outcome 18) f-Other – (outcome numbers 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 20, 21) g-Offences not yet assigned an outcome

3 – The number of domestic homicide offences recorded by West Midlands Police from 2014-15 to 2016-2017 was 25, according to data already publicly available via the ONS. (Click on the link below, go to Year Ending March 2018 and then Table 15 in the data).

https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/crimeandjustice/datasets/domesticabuseinenglandandwalesappendixtables

Please can you confirm how many of the 25 recorded domestic homicides also had one or more previous calls to police flagged with a domestic violence marker?

For example:

2014-15 to 2016-17

Total domestic homicide offences: 25

Domestic homicide offences with previous DV flagged call: 7

Response

Please find attached our response.

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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