Domestic homicides and records of abuse

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Dear Cleveland Police,

I am emailing to request the following information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000:

1 a) From 01/01/2016 to 01/12/20, how many domestic homicide offences, where a woman was killed by her current or former male partner, have been recorded by your police force?

1 b) In each of these domestic homicide offences, how many victims were flagged with a domestic violence marker associated with:
– their name
– and/or address
– and/or telephone number
– current or former male partner

2 a) From 01/01/2016 to 01/12/20, how many women whose deaths were reported to your police force as sudden and unexplained had a police record of domestic abuse associated with:
– their name
– and/or address
– and/or telephone number
– current or former male partner

2 b) Of those deaths, how many were investigated as possible homicides?

2 c) Of those which were investigated as possible homicides, how many arrests were made of the woman's current or former male partner?

2 d) Of those partners or former partners who were arrested, how many were subsequently charged with her murder?

2 e) How many were charged with her manslaughter?

2 f) How many were charged with a violent offence or coercive control in relation to that victim following her death?

3) From 01/12/2010 to 01/12/20, how many women in your police force area who are flagged on your computer system with a domestic abuse marker are currently missing?

If you need clarification, please contact me at this email address. Under your section 16 duty to provide advice and assistance I would expect you to contact me if you find this request unmanageable in any way before the 20th working day.

I would like the responses in Excel format, if possible.

I would be grateful if you could confirm in writing that you have received this request.

Thank you for your time,

Basia Cummings

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Freedom of Information, Cleveland Police

Enquiry ref: 12460-20

I acknowledge receipt of your enquiry received by this office on 14th December.

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Freedom of Information Decision Maker
Department of Standard & Ethics | 1 Cliffland Way | Hemlington | TS8 9GL

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Freedom of Information, Cleveland Police

Dear Mr/Ms Cummings,

Enquiry Ref: 12442/2020

I write in connection with your request for information dated 13th December 2020 and received by this office on 14th December 2020. We have made enquiries within the force and below are the questions raised in your request and all of the information we have been able to retrieve.

1 a) From 01/01/2016 to 01/12/20, how many domestic homicide offences, where a woman was killed by her current or former male partner, have been recorded by your police force?
a) 8
1 b) In each of these domestic homicide offences, how many victims were flagged with a domestic violence marker associated with:
– their name
– and/or address
– and/or telephone number
– current or former male partner
a) Cleveland Police add a flag on the recording of the crime and therefore it would not be attached to a specific address or telephone number.

2 a) From 01/01/2016 to 01/12/20, how many women whose deaths were reported to your police force as sudden and unexplained had a police record of domestic abuse associated with:
– their name
– and/or address
– and/or telephone number
– current or former male partner
a) As Cleveland Police do not record domestic abuse on the person record, to identify this would mean checking the history of each report of a sudden death of a female, of which there are 2,189 during the time period specified in your request.
2 b) Of those deaths, how many were investigated as possible homicides?
a) Of those initially recorded as a sudden death of a female, 4 were recorded as a homicide. Of these, 2 are included in the answer to Question 1 as they were intimate relationship/domestic related. There were no incidents recorded as a homicide and then cancelled as a crime, which suggests no further deaths were investigated as possible homicides.

2 c) Of those which were investigated as possible homicides, how many arrests were made of the woman's current or former male partner?
2 d) Of those partners or former partners who were arrested, how many were subsequently charged with her murder?
2 e) How many were charged with her manslaughter?
2 f) How many were charged with a violent offence or coercive control in relation to that victim following her death?
a) As above there were no incidents recorded as a homicide and then cancelled as a crime, which suggests no further deaths were investigated as possible homicides.

3) From 01/12/2010 to 01/12/20, how many women in your police force area who are flagged on your computer system with a domestic abuse marker are currently missing?
a) As explained above the domestic abuse marker is not added to the person. There are no missing from home reports with a domestic abuse flag where a female is still missing.

Please note any statistical data supplied in relation to Freedom of Information requests is a snapshot of data held at the time the request was received by the Freedom of Information office and is subject to constant change/updates.

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We have made every effort to ensure a response was provided within statutory deadlines, however due to current circumstances delays have been unavoidable. If your response was late we apologise for any inconvenience it may have caused and thank you for your patience. If we can be of any further assistance please do not hesitate to contact this office.

Yours sincerely,

Ms E McGuigan
Freedom of Information Decision Maker
Directorate of Standards and Ethics
Cleveland Community Safety Hub | 1 Cliffland Way | Hemlington | TS8 9GL
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