Domestic violence statistics in Worcester for 2017

Sabina Furnica made this Freedom of Information request to West Mercia Police

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Dear West Mercia Police,

I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to make an open Government request.

Given this circumstance, could you please provide the following information:

1) How many people were arrested for alleged domestic violence in the following months of 2017: October, November, December – in Worcester?

2) Total number of calls for assistance to West Mercia Police related to women or children being domestically abused in Worcester over the period 24th December 2017 – 28th December 2017?

3) The total number of registered crimes related to domestic abuse (male to female) over the following months of 2017: November, December – in Worcester.

4) Statistics for domestic violence in Worcester (i.e. male to female, parent to child) over 1st January 2017 – 31st December 2017.

5) The number of people who accepted to receive help after being domestically abused over 1st January 2017 – 31st December 2017 – in Worcester.

6) Total number of sexual crimes/incidents in Worcester over 1st December 2017 – 31st December 2017.

7) Statistics for domestic violence related crimes/incidents in Worcester for 31st December 2017 – 1st January 2018.

8) Statistics regarding the most common type of domestic violence (i.e. male to female, parent to child) in Worcester over 1st January 2017 – 31st December 2017.

Also, compared to previous years, are there any improvements in what is being done for the victims of domestic violence?

Is the number of domestically abused people increasing or decreasing?

Thank you for your time.

I am looking forward for your response.

Yours faithfully,

Sabina Furnica

Information Compliance West Mercia, West Mercia Police

 
Dear Ms Furnica
 
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REFERENCE NO: 9240
 
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January  2018 which was received on 15th January 2018.
 
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Information Compliance Unit
Hindlip
Warwickshire Police & West Mercia Police
 
 
 

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Dear Ms Furnica
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REFERENCE NO: 9240
I write in connection with your request for information which was received
on 15^th January 2018.  Please find below the response to your request:
REPLY: Please see the attached tables.
Data for domestic abuse marked crimes and crimed incidents has been
extracted. A crimed incident is an incident which does not meet the
threshold to be recorded as a crime but is captured for the purposes of
building an intelligence picture.  Where the request asks for incidents,
the number of crimes and crimed incidents (or non crimes) has been
provided which combined equate to the total number of incidents.  Please
note that what has been requested for at  Q4 is the same as Q8.
Due to the size of the tables provided you will need to print them off to
view the pages correctly alongside each other
 
1) How many people were arrested for alleged domestic violence in the
following months of 2017: October, November, December – in Worcester?
 
REPLY: The number of arrests where the nominal was brought to Worcester
custody suite has been provided – this means that the arrests are not
exclusive to those made in Worcester city but, could include arrests made
in South Worcestershire area and even in local policing areas outside
this.
 
2) Total number of calls for assistance to West Mercia Police related to
women or children being domestically abused in Worcester over the period
24th December 2017 – 28th December 2017?
 
REPLY: The total number of incidents (crimes and crimed incidents (or
noncrimes) have been provided – The figures have been broken down by the
victim gender.  Please note that in some instances the gender has not been
recorded.  In others e.g. the crimed incidents (noncrimes), the victims
have been recorded as involved party and not actually as a victim. 
Involved party is a new role type in the new force recording system -
Athena, and is typically applied to low level domestic abuse where fault
cannot be determined and means that multiple parties including children
residing at an address are all recorded under the same role type.  It is
impossible in this instance to identify the principle victim and thus
gender/age.  The age group has been additionally included.
 
3) The total number of registered crimes related to domestic abuse (male
to female) over the following months of 2017: November, December – in
Worcester.
 
REPLY: The force is only able to provide the nature of the abuse (i.e.
gender to gender) where a principle victim and suspect/accused have been
identified. the force cannot clearly identify the relationship of the
abuser and victim in instances where no victim/suspect role can easily be
identified and low level DA incidents where involved party role is applied
and covers multiple persons for an offence, DVDS applications and where
there are breaches of restraining orders etc and the victim is regina rex
- additionally where information has not been recorded.
 
 
4) Statistics for domestic violence in Worcester (i.e. male to female,
parent to child) over 1st January 2017 – 31st December 2017.
 
REPLY: The force is unable to easily identify the relationship of the
abuser and the victim – the force does make use of a partner on partner
marker which has been used to illustrate this aspect of domestic abuse. 
The force cannot identify parent/child dynamic to the abuse.  All other
domestic abuse as non partner to partner marked DA has been grouped. 
Please note though that since the force switched to a new crime recording
system the use of the partner to partner marker is not as reliable as once
was – this can be seen in the figures.  The total number of DA is okay
though. 
 
5) The number of people who accepted to receive help after being
domestically abused over 1st January 2017 – 31st December 2017 – in
Worcester.
 
REPLY: Please be advised that this information is not held in a
retrievable format. It is not held centrally or in an electronically
retrievable format. It would require a manual review of every offence case
to try and retrieve the information for this part of the request, and this
would exceed the time/fees limit to which we are legally required to
respond i.e. the cost of locating and retrieving the information exceeds
the ‘appropriate level’ as stated in the Freedom of Information (Fees and
Appropriate Limit) Regulations 2004.
 
 
6) Total number of sexual crimes/incidents in Worcester over 1st December
2017 – 31st December 2017.
 
REPLY: Figures include all domestic abuse where the primary offence was
either rape or sexual assault.
 
7) Statistics for domestic violence related crimes/incidents in Worcester
for 31st December 2017 – 1st January 2018.
 
REPLY: Please see the attached tables
 
8) Statistics regarding the most common type of domestic violence (i.e.
male to female, parent to child) in Worcester over 1st January 2017 – 31st
December 2017.
 
REPLY: This is the same information provided at Q4
 
 
9) Also, compared to previous years, are there any improvements in what is
being done for the victims of domestic violence?
 
REPLY: Educating and training officers on coercive and controlling
behaviour. Part of College of Policing vulnerability training which is
being delivered to all front line police officers.
 
Introduction of a daily Domestic abuse multi agency triage process,
whereby nominated cases of domestic abuse cases are discussed in a multi
agency setting with a view to safeguarding the victim / children,
addressing support needs, sharing information and addressing perpetrator
behaviour at the earliest opportunity.
 
The DRIVE project – a pilot to address perpetrator behaviour
 
10) Is the number of domestically abused people increasing or decreasing?
 
REPLY: Please see the attached tables for the number of domestic abuse
crimes and crimed incidents (noncrimes) recorded between 1^st Jan 2013 and
31^st Dec 2017 for West Mercia police force and for Worcester city.
 
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Yours sincerely
 
Mrs R Williams
Information Compliance Unit
Warwickshire Police & West Mercia Police
PO Box 55
Hindlip
Worcester
WR3 8SP
01905 331545 / 331565
 
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[2]Putting Victims FirstPutting Victims First
Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police are committed to providing the
best possible service to our communities and putting victims at the heart
of everything we do.

For information on services and support given to our victims by us and our
criminal justice partners visit our websites:

Warwickshire Police: [3]www.warwickshire.police.uk/puttingvictimsfirst
West Mercia Police: [4]www.westmercia.police.uk/puttingvictimsfirst

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