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FOI outcomes assigned to domestic-abuse related offences

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Dear Sir/Madam,

I am writing to request information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

I would like to receive information regarding outcomes assigned to domestic-abuse related offences recorded in the year ending March 2018 for your police force.

Specifically, I would like to know:

1 – The total number of domestic-abuse related offences recorded by the force in the year ending March 31, 2018 (2017-18)

2 – The outcome of domestic-abuse related offences in the year ending March 31, 2018 (2017-18), listed by type/group in these categories:

- Charged/summonsed - (outcome number 1)
- Out-of-court (formal and informal) - (outcome numbers 2, 3, 6, 7, 8)
- Evidential difficulties (suspect identified; victim supports action) – (outcome number 15)
- Evidential difficulties (victim does not support action) – (outcome numbers 14, 16)
- Investigation complete – no suspect identified (outcome 18)
- Other – (outcome numbers 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 20, 21)
- Offences not yet assigned an outcome

Please give the figures as a total number and a percentage. For example:

2017-2018 Total domestic abuse-related offences: 1,000
OUTCOME
Charged/summonsed: 150 (15%)
Out of court (formal and informal): 20 (2%)
Evidential difficulties (suspect identified; victim supports action): 220 (22%)
Evidential difficulties (victim does not support action): 480 (48%)
Investigation complete – no suspect identified: 20 (2%)
Other – 40 (4%)
Offences not yet assigned an outcome 60 (6%)

I would like to receive this information in MS Excel format.

If this request is too wide or unclear, I would be grateful if you could contact me as I understand that under the Act you are required to advise and assist requesters. If any of this information is already in the public domain, please can you direct me to it, with page references and URLs if necessary.

I understand that you are required to respond to my request within the 20 working days after you receive this letter. I would be grateful if you could confirm in writing that you have received this request.

Yours faithfully,
Emma Youle

Civil Disclosure, North Yorkshire Police

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Fryar, Liz, North Yorkshire Police

Good afternoon,

I write with reference to your Freedom of Information request below and apologise for the length of time it has taken to respond to your request.

The Civil Disclosure Unit does strive to meet the 20 day deadline date, however the department deals with a variety of different work areas (not just Freedom of Information requests) and we have experienced a number of workload increases across the Unit. This increase has affected our processing and turnaround times and I can therefore only apologise again for the delay in your reply. As a result we are now reviewing the issues, which will hopefully assist in improving our overall compliance/response rates.

Due to the length of time that has passed since you submitted your request, could you please confirm whether or not you still require a response. If I do not hear from you within 20 working days of the date of this email I will assume that you no longer require the information and withdraw your request.

Kind Regards

Liz

Liz Fryar
Collar Number 4437
Legal Officer – Civil Disclosure
Joint Corporate Legal Services
North Yorkshire Police

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