Revenge Porn (5644/19)

Request

I’d like to request a comprehensive set of data on revenge porn offences over the last 4 full calendar years.

Specifically I’d like to receive:

A) For the offence of “disclose private sexual photographs and films with intent to cause distress”; for each of the calendar years from 2015 to 2018; further broken down by:

Sheet 1: AREA – The area in which the offence occurred, which may be categorized depending on the police force by: Area, or Borough, or Operational Command Unit

Sheet 2: SELF DEFINED ETHNICITY OF SUSPECT – e.g. A1: Asian – Indian; A2: Asian – Pakistani

Sheet 3: SELF DEFINED ETHNICITY OF VICTIM – as above

Sheet 4: GENDER OF SUSPECT – the gender of the suspect, usually Female, Male or Unknown/unrecorded

Sheet 5: GENDER OF VICTIM – as above

Sheet 6: AGE GROUP – the age or age group of the suspect and victim: 0-17, 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+, Unknown (NB for under-18s the offences of “distributing indecent images of children” or “abuse of children through sexual exploitation”, or similar apply; each of the records will likely have to be individually checked to determine if they have been correctly classified)

Sheet 7: OUTCOME – the expanded outcomes list introduced by the Home Office to most forces in April 2014 (e.g. number of charges or conviction)

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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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