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Domestic Violence (21582/19)

Request

1) Number of domestic abuse offences recorded in each financial year since 2014 until the date of this request

2) Of offences enquired about in question 1, the number which resulted in positive outcomes in each financial year since 2014 until the date of this request

3) of offences enquired about in question 1, the number which resulted in charge or summons (Home Office outcome code 1); in youth caution (Home Office outcome code 2); in adult caution (Home Office outcome code 3); and in community resolution (Home Office outcome code 8) (all until the date of this request)?

Response

Please find attached our response. We do not have a marker which specifically identifies a positive outcome Therefore we have provided all Outcomes and provided the data as to what WMP considers to be a positive outcome however this is open to interpretation.

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.

There are slight discrepancies between the number of offences and the outcome, The force is unable to rectify these discrepancies as they are not electronically searchable and it would require a manual review of every case to try and identify the records where an inaccuracy had occurred. 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. Several departments are involved with the input of data / crime reporting/ data retrieval and is subject to human error. 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.

Attachments

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