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Domestic Abuse (216A/21)

Request

From 1st January 2019 to 31st January 2021, monthly figures on

The number of incidents recorded by your police force which have been flagged as Domestic Abuse related, broken down by month and incident type.

By incident, I mean a call for service/CADs.

The number of offences recorded by your police force which have been flagged as Domestic Abuse related, broken down by month, offence type and offence outcome (including not recorded/investigation active).

Please breakdown to the level of HOCR Subgroup e.g. for VAP offences – violence with injury, violence without injury.

The number of arrests recorded by your police force which have been flagged as Domestic Abuse related, broken down by month, arrest offence, and outcome (including not recorded).

CLARIFICATION

I would like you to look at the final classification, however, my understanding was that incidents could have a primary classification (opening or closing, as you highlighted, and I am interested in closing codes) but then also be separately flagged as domestic-related.

For example, in a case of assault, the incident code could be e.g., ‘violence against the person’ per NCRS (I think the code is CR01?) but also be flagged as domestic. This would differentiate it from e.g. a theft that was domestically motivated.

When I asked for incident classification, this means that all of the incidents you return to me would be domestics, but I would know which were assaults, which were thefts, etc.

If this is not how you do things, for example, if you just use a domestic incident closing code, then please just go off the domestic closing code.

Response

Please find attached our response.

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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