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Domestic Abuse (9224/19)



  1. Which offence groups or specific offences would satisfy your request?

Violence against the person, please, but please include non-physical abuse such as coercive control

  1. Our recording categories do not identify `family¿, therefore, please confirm what relationships you would like us to search for (where it is recorded in the relationship field on our database) e.g. parents, children, partners etc?

Partners please

  1. Do you require defendants only or all offenders including suspects?

All offenders including suspects please

  1. Do you require figures for the number of victims or the number of those suspected of the offence?

Victims please

Original request:

Please can you tell me on how many occasions over the past three years a criminal offence between two family members (i.e. the alleged victim has reported a family member to the police for an action – either physical violence or abuse of any kind – against them) has been reported to the force but the case was ultimately dropped because the victim failed to cooperate.

For each incident please can you list the offence the person was accused of, the date it was reported and the family relationship between the alleged victim and the accused.


Please find attached our response.

Please note that these data should be interpreted with caution. 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.