Dear Brighton & Hove Council,

I saw this report in The Argus

http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/8241698.R...

Reporting on a meeting of a council panel it says:

"The panel, which heard evidence from victims and charities, estimates 4,235 women and girls aged between 16 and 59 - or more than 11 a day - were victims of a sexual assault in the city in the past year."

I would like any/all information you can give me on how this estimate was arrived at.

Yours faithfully,

Paul Perrin

Freedom Of Information, Brighton and Hove City Council

Thank you for your request for information and I confirm we shall
respond as quickly as possible but not later than 24 July 2010.

Wendy Kassamani
Information Compliance Officer
Brighton & Hove City Council

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Wendy Kassamani, Brighton and Hove City Council

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Regarding your request for information under the Freedom of Information
Act 2000: Ref: foi/405/10

"The panel, which heard evidence from victims and charities,

estimates 4,235 women and girls aged between 16 and 59 - or more

than 11 a day - were victims of a sexual assault in the city in the

past year."

I would like any/all information you can give me on how this

estimate was arrived at."

Please find set out below the information in response to the above
request:

"There are high levels of under-reporting of sexual offences, both
nationally and locally, and many incidents do not come to the attention of
services. A Home Office Ready Reckoner Tool estimates that there have been
4,235 women and girls aged 16 - 59 who have been the victim of a sexual
assault in Brighton and Hove, in the last year.^[1][^1] In 2008/09 in
Brighton and Hove, Sussex Police recorded 328 sexual offences taking place
in the city.^[2][^2]

The Home Office (November 2009) launched the Ready Reckoner tool to
highlight the estimated Levels of Violence Against Women and Girls in
various areas based on the findings from the British Crime Survey to give
a more realistic picture because of the lack of under reporting . The aim
of the tool is to help commissioners of services from a range of providers
such as health, policing and housing, estimate the need for local services
by estimating levels of violence and therefore also giving and estimate of
the cost of Domestic and Sexual Violence and does this by:

Estimating Levels of Violence Against Women and Girls

The estimated number of victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault are
based on prevalence figures for the chosen region taken from Povey et al
(2009): Homicides, Firearm Offences and Intimate Violence 2007/08
(Supplementary Volume 2 to Crime in England and Wales 2007/08).

The estimated number of victims of stalking is based on prevalence figures
for the chosen region taken from Coleman et al (2007): Homicides, Firearm
Offences and Intimate Violence 2005/06 (Supplementary Volume 1 to Crime in
England and Wales 2005/06).

Where the population figure includes both females and males, the
prevalence rates are multiplied by 0.5, assuming that the population
consists of approximately 50% females.

Survey estimates are always surrounded by a margin of error of plus or
minus a given range. At the 95 per cent confidence level, as used in the
VAWG reckoner, one would expect that there is a one in 20 chance that the
actual number of victims might lie outside the range indicated (actual
estimate +/- Margin of error is indicated within the tool).

The 95% Confidence Interval (margin of error) is calculated by the
standard error (adjusted for the BCS design effect by a standard 1.2 deft
value) multiplied by the a 1.96 (the standard deviations required for the
95% confidence level).

Costs of Domestic and Sexual Violence

Reflecting that the costs of domestic abuse and sexual assault are not
available at regional or local level, the estimate in the VAWG reckoner
are derived by using UK estimates, and assuming that the costs will be
split according to the proportion of the UK population made up by the
population size of the area in question. It does not take into account
differences in costs e.g. of housing between different parts of the
country.

The cost of domestic abuse is calculated using figures from Walby (2004):
The Cost of Domestic Violence, and the cost of sexual assault is
calculated using figures from Jaervinen et al (2008): Hard-Knock Life. The
single figure includes the costs of domestic violence, plus the estimated
cost of sexual violence that does not occur in the context of domestic
violence as these costs are included in the domestic violence figure. The
methodology for calculating the two differs, and so the overall cost
figure should be treated as an estimate only.

The cost figures, which are for 2003/04, have been multiplied by HM
Treasury's GDP deflation multiplier of 1.139 to bring the figure in line
with 2007/08 costs. Other changes in costs have not been accounted for."

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Dear Wendy Kassamani,

Thank you for your prompt response to my request. The information provided is very useful, however it says that the figure for assaults "4,235" was from a 'home office ready reckoner tool' (which I beleive is a spreadsheet) which was not included in your response. Can you provide a copy of the 'ready reckoner tool' ?

Yours sincerely,

Paul Perrin

Wendy Kassamani, Brighton and Hove City Council

Please see the response to your query regarding the 'Ready Reckoner"
below.

Wendy Kassamani
Information Compliance Officer
Brighton & Hove City Council

"To do the estimates we used the ready reackoner tool which was publishe
don the home office website, however we have just checked and it is now
not available on the home office website just checked. They are updating
it. The best we can suggest is that he keeps an eye on
http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.u...
ereduction.homeoffice.gov.uk/domesticviolence/domesticviolence072.htm

Not sure whether it will ever reemerge as it was prior to May 2010,
however we definately want it to be published to make sure of accuracy."

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Dear Wendy Kassamani,

Thank you for your prompt response, I have now made a request directly to the home office for the document.

Thank you for your assistance.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Perrin

Paul Perrin left an annotation ()

I have made a request directly to the home office for the spreadsheet:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/se...

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