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Domestic Abuse (165A/22)


  1. The number of recorded offences flagged as domestic abuse-related for the following crimes: violence against the person, sexual offences, miscellaneous crimes, public order offences, criminal damage and arson, other offences. I would like these daily between 1st January 2018 and 31st July 2020.
  2. The number of calls-for-service for domestic incidents, by caller type (e.g. victim or third party) for the following dates given below. I would like these daily between 1st January 2018 and 31st July 2020.

If daily data is not possible within the cost/time constraints of the FOI Act then please could these be provided for the following dates:

Week commencing 1 January

Week commencing 8 January

Week commencing 15 January

Week commencing 22 January

Week commencing 29 January

Week commencing 5 February

Week commencing 12 February

Week commencing 19 February

Week commencing 26 February

Week commencing 4 March

Week commencing 11 March

Week commencing 18 March

Week commencing 25 March

Week commencing 1 April

Week commencing 8 April

Week commencing 15 April

Week commencing 22 April

Week commencing 29 April

Week commencing 6 May

Week commencing 13 May

Week commencing 20 May

Week commencing 27 May

Week commencing 3 June

Week commencing 10 June

Week commencing 17 June

Week commencing 24 June

Week commencing 1 July

For the years 2018, 2019 and 2020.


Unfortunately our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide all of this information within the appropriate (cost) limit within the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act (see ‘Reason for Decision’ below).

However, 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 (see attached file 165A_22_attachment.xlsx). 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.


It is not possible to determine the caller status of calls for service, without conducting a manual review of each log. This however would involve the examination of tens of thousands of records and researching each individual case would exceed the appropriate limit (FOIA, s.12).

This means that the cost of compliance with the whole of 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(1) of the FOI 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.

Further information on section 12 of FOI is available here: