Domestic Abuse Incidents

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Dear Essex Police,

Further to the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I would be most grateful if you could provide the following information regarding incidents of domestic abuse:

The number of domestic abuse related crimes logged on the Force’s Crime Reporting Information System for each of the years from 2010 to present, broken down by month, if available.

The People Proceeded Against data relating to the aforementioned incidents, broken down by gender, if available.

The number of domestic abuse related non crimes logged on the Force’s Crime Reporting Information System for each of the years from 2010 to present, broken down by month, if available.

Details of any organisation or service commissioned to provide victims’ services in the Force’s area

With best wishes,

Mrs E Martin

Data FOI Essex, Essex Police

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Data FOI Essex,

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Dear Mrs Martin

 

Thank you for your enquiry which has been logged under the above
reference. I apologise for the delay in our reply. Having completed my
enquiries I am able to respond as follows:

Section 1 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) places two duties
on public authorities. Unless exemptions apply, the first duty at
Sec1(1)(a) is to confirm or deny whether the information specified in a
request is held. The second duty at Sec1(1)(b) is to disclose information
that has been confirmed as being held. Where exemptions are relied upon
s17 of FOIA requires that we provide the applicant with a notice which: a)
states that fact b) specifies the exemption(s) in question and c) states
(if that would not otherwise be apparent) why the exemption applies.

In respect of your enquiry:

Essex Police does hold information relating to your request.

 

Further to the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I would be most grateful
if you could provide the following information regarding incidents of
domestic abuse:

 

·         The number of domestic abuse related crimes logged on the
Force’s Crime Reporting Information System for each of the years from 2010
to present, broken down by month, if available.

 

·         The People Proceeded Against data relating to the aforementioned
incidents, broken down by gender, if available.

 

·         The number of domestic abuse related non crimes logged on the
Force’s Crime Reporting Information System for each of the years from 2010
to present, broken down by month, if available.

 

Please see the attached table.

 

The first column Recorded domestic abuse related crimes – shows the number
of recorded crimes that are recorded as being domestic abuse incidents in
each month since January 2010 to November 2015

 

The next set of four columns under the header Number of people recorded as
an offender for committing domestic abuse related crimes – shows the
number of people recorded as an offender on domestic abuse crimes by the
date they were recorded as responsible. Each of these individuals has been
recorded as receiving one of the following recorded crime outcomes –
Charged or Summonsed, Youth or Adult Caution, TIC, PND or Community
Resolution.

 

The final column Total domestic abuse investigations (including crimes) -
shows the number of DA investigations recorded on Protect and now Athena
since January 2010. Many of these incidents will also be recorded as
crimes under the first column.

 

 

·         Details of any organisation or service commissioned to provide
victims’ services in the Force’s area

 

Information in respect of other organisations and partner agencies is
available on the Essex Police website under ‘Reporting Domestic Abuse’ and
can be accessed via the following link:

 

[1]http://www.essex.police.uk/default.aspx?...

 

For the purpose of section 17 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(FOIA), this part of my response serves as a formal notification of
refusal of this part of your request on the basis that the exemption given
at section 21 of the FOIA applies (Information accessible by other means).

21 Information accessible to applicant by other means

(1) Information which is reasonably accessible to the applicant otherwise
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(2) For the purposes of subsection (1)—

(a) information may be reasonably accessible to the applicant even though
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Section 21 of the Act (Information Reasonably Accessible by Other Means)
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obliged to comply with the duty to confirm or deny the existence of the
information requested.

 

I trust that the information provided is of assistance.

Shirley Elderfield
Information Officer
Corporate Services
Essex Police HQ
Internal extension 150025
Direct Dial 01245 452647
Essex Police Non emergency Telephone Number 101
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you would outline the reasons why you feel the exemption does not apply.

 

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the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a
decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: Information
Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9
5AF or via [5]https://ico.org.uk/

 

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