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Revenge Pornography (249A/20)

Request

Please can you provide figures on the number of cases of revenge porn reported to the force in the year 2019/20.

Please can you also disaggregate data according to the following information:

The crime outcome (no action, charge, caution etc.) of the offences as well as the number of offences where the victim did not support or withdrew support for police action

The number of victims under the age of 18

The gender of the victim

Please also provide, where possible, cases in which the case involved social media. I understand this isn’t routinely logged, so please just include notes from free-text searches for key words (“social media”, “Twitter”, “Facebook” etc.) where available.

Response

Please find attached (249A_20_attachment.pdf).

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.

Attachments

249A_20_attachment