Domestic Violence - 746/10
Dated: 07 Jun 2011
Date of request: 22/11/2010
Date of response: 03/12/2010
Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')
Thank you for your email dated 22 November 2010 in which you made a request for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police.
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1. Do you hold information relating to domestic violence statistics? If yes, Id like to know how manty reports of domestic violence have been made to date in 2010. Id also like to see figures for 2009 and 2008 if possible.
2. How many were reported on Christmas Day in 2009? And in 2008?
3. Can these figures be broken down to show how many included common assaults, actual bodily harm and grievous bodily harm?
4. How many of the reports for each year resulted in court prosecutions?
5. Does the force have any running campaigns to reduce domestic violence? If yes, can you please send me details of the campaigns, such as press releases?"
We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.
1. The number of reported domestic abuse incidents are:-
April 08 - March 09 = 26,650
April 09 - March 10 = 27,792
April 10 - October 10 = 16,947
25 December 2008 = 112
25 December 2009 = 117
3-4. The number that included common assault, actual bodily harm and grievous bodily harm and those that resulted in a prosecution:-
|25 December 2008||Common Assault||6 reported crimes||2 convictions 1 caution|
|Actual Bodily Harm||5 reported crimes||no convictions 2 cautions|
|Grievous Bodily harm||2 reported crimes||no convictions|
|25 December 2009||Common Assault||reported crimes||7 convictions 1 caution|
|Actual Bodily Harm||4 reported crimes||1 conviction 2 cautions|
|Grievous Bodily harm||no reported crimes||n/a|
5. Northumbria Police's key messages in relation to domestic abuse are as follows:-
- To raise awareness of domestic abuse, encouraging more victims to come forward and report domestic violence.
- To work with partner agencies to ensure a wide range of support is available for victims.
- To deter offenders, by raising awareness.
The force takes a proactive approach through the work of our dedicated Domestic Abuse Investigations Units. The staff of the Domestic Abuse Investigation units work with high risk victims of domestic abuse, those who are at risk of serious harm. They work closely with victims, conducting thorough investigation to bring offenders to justice and supporting victims through the criminal justice process. They also work with partners agencies through the Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) process to ensure safeguarding plans are initiated.
Therefore, whilst domestic abuse campaigns raise awareness, work is ongoing throughout the year.
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