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DVPO’s, Domestic Abuse, Stalking (439A/21)

Request

DVPNs/DVPOs

1. The number of Domestic Violence Protection Notices (DVPNs) issued where the suspected perpetrator was identified as a male between 10 March 2014 and 31 December 2020.

2. The number of breaches of Domestic Violence Protection Orders and separately DVPNs where the suspected perpetrator was identified as a male between 10 March 2014 and 31 December 2020.

3.The number of arrests made for breaches of DVPNs and separately DVPOs, where the suspected perpetrator was identified as a male between 10 March 2014 and 31 December 2020.

4.The number of arrests made for breaches of non-molestation orders between 10 March 2014 and 31 December 2020.

DOMESTIC ABUSE

5.Domestic abuse incidents reported between 10 March 2014 and 31 December 2020.

6.The outcome of those domestic abuse incidents reported (including but not limited to: arrests, charged, released with no further action, released under investigation, released on bail with conditions etc.) between 10 March 2014 and 31 December 2020.

STALKING & HARASSMENT
7. The number of stalking and harassment incidents reported and recorded where the suspected perpetrator was identified as a male between 10 March 2014 and 31 December 2020. Please can this be broken down by calendar year?

8. How many stalking and harassment offences have been recorded where the victim was a female between 10 March 2014 and 31 December 2020. Please can this be broken down by calendar year?

Response

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

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). 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.

REASON FOR DECISION

Please note that researching each individual case would exceed the appropriate limit (FOIA, s.12).  In order to locate and retrieve reliable data for question 3 prior to late 2018 early 2019 would require a manual search which would exceed the FOI time limit.  Also to note:

Data relating to DVPNs and DVPOs issued is only available from 18/07/2015.

 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.

Attachments

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