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Dear West Midlands Police,

I am looking to ask a series of questions concerning statistics for the West Midlands area specifically and the use of the requests for information on partners under the Domestic Violence and Abuse Disclosure Scheme 2014 (DVDS) from March 2014-October 2018.

1) How many requests have been made from the West Midlands for information on partners since March 2014?

2) How many total reports of domestic violence were there in the West Midlands from March 2014-October 2018? Reports being anything from domestic disturbance leading to no action, to an arrest being made.
2a) How many total reports of domestic violence were there in the West Midlands from March 2010-March 2014?

3) How many men were reported for domestic violence in the West Midlands from March 2014-October 2018?
3a) And how many of these reports led to arrests?
3b) And how many of these arrests to convictions?

4) How many women were reported for domestic violence in the West Midlands from March 2014-October 2018.
4a) And how many of these reports led to arrests?
4b) And how many of these arrests to convictions?

5) How many of these arrested persons were disclosure requests made about?
5a) How many of these convicted persons were disclosure requests made about?

6) How long (av.) does it take for a disclosure request to receive a response?

7) How does the scheme work, i.e. is the information only disclosed to the requester if the person has been convicted? Or does it include reports made against them that were never tried or convicted?

8) Can I get a gender breakdown of how many requests are were made about men in the West Midlands from March 2014-October 2018;
8a) and how many requests were made about women in the West Midlands from March 2014-October 2018;
8b) And statistics about how many of these requests made against women were made by men;
8c) And stats about how many of these requests made against women were made by women.

Yours faithfully,

emily lowes

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Freedom of Information,

Dear Ms Lowes

 

FOI Request Reference: 21345/18

 

Thank you for your request for information, received 20 November 2018.

 

REQUEST

 

I am looking to ask a series of questions concerning statistics for the
West Midlands area specifically and the use of the requests for
information on partners under the Domestic Violence and Abuse Disclosure
Scheme 2014 (DVDS) from March 2014-October 2018.

 

1)  How many requests have been made from the West Midlands for
information on partners since March 2014?

 

2) How many total reports of domestic violence were there in the West
Midlands from March 2014-October 2018?  Reports being anything from
domestic disturbance leading to no action, to an arrest being made.

2a) How many total reports of domestic violence were there in the West
Midlands from March 2010-March 2014?

 

3) How many men were reported for domestic violence in the West Midlands
from March 2014-October 2018?

3a) And how many of these reports led to arrests?

3b) And how many of these arrests to convictions?

 

4) How many women were reported for domestic violence in the West Midlands
from March 2014-October 2018.

4a) And how many of these reports led to arrests?

4b) And how many of these arrests to convictions?

 

5) How many of these arrested persons were disclosure requests made about?

5a) How many of these convicted persons were disclosure requests made
about?

 

6) How long (av.) does it take for a disclosure request to receive a
response?

 

7) How does the scheme work, i.e. is the information only disclosed to the
requester if the person has been convicted?  Or does it include reports
made against them that were never tried or convicted? 

 

8) Can I get a gender breakdown of how many requests are were made about
men in the West Midlands from March 2014-October 2018;

8a) and how many requests were made about women in the West Midlands from
March 2014-October 2018;

8b) And statistics about how many of these requests made against women
were made by men;

8c) And stats about how many of these requests made against women were
made by women.

 

 

RESPONSE

 

Unfortunately our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to
provide all of this information within the appropriate (cost) limit within
the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act (see ‘Reason for Decision’ below).
Additionally information for question 6 (how long (av.)) is not held.

 

However rather than refusing your request outright at this stage, I would
like to explore with you how West Midlands Police may best assist you to
request relevant information which we hold. Within the cost limit we could
conduct the following searches:

 

1. How many requests have been made from the West Midlands for information
on partners since March 2014?

 

2. How many total reports of domestic violence were there in the West
Midlands from March 2014-October 2018?  Reports being anything from
domestic disturbance leading to no action, to an arrest being made.

 

2a. How many total reports of domestic violence were there in the West
Midlands from March 2010-March 2014?

 

7. How does the scheme work, i.e. is the information only disclosed to the
requester if the person has been convicted?  Or does it include reports
made against them that were never tried or convicted? 

 

Please note that any located information might be subject to the
application of exemptions under the Act.

 

To enable us to proceed with your request I would be grateful if you could
confirm whether you wish us to undertake the search outlined above. After
receiving your reply, your request will be considered and you will receive
a response within the statutory timescale of 20 working days, as defined
by the Act, subject to the application of any statutory exemptions. If you
chose not to respond then your request will remain unanswered.

 

REASON FOR DECISION

 

This information is not held in an easily searchable format, therefore in
order to locate and retrieve this information we would need to conduct a
manual examination of files and systems. Such a search however would
exceed the appropriate limit (FOIA, s.12).

 

This means that the cost of compliance with the whole of your request is
above the amount to which we are legally required to respond, i.e. the
cost of locating and retrieving the information would exceed the
appropriate costs limit under section 12(1) of the FOI Act 2000. For West
Midlands Police, the appropriate limit is set at £450, as prescribed by
the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and
Fees) Regulations 2004, S.I. 3244.

 

 

Further information on section 12 of FOI is available here:

 

[1]https://www.app.college.police.uk/app-co...

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

 

For further information and data on West Midlands Police see our
publication scheme and disclosure log:

 

[2]http://foi.west-midlands.police.uk/

 

RIGHT OF APPEAL

 

Your attention is drawn to your right to request a re-examination of your
case under West Midlands Police review procedure, which can be found at:

 

[3]http://foi.west-midlands.police.uk/revie...

 

Please note that such an appeal must be received within 40 working days of
the date of this correspondence. Any such request received after this time
will only be considered at the discretion of the FOI Unit.

 

If you require any further information, then please do not hesitate to
contact me.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

David Notley

Disclosure Officer  

Freedom of Information Unit  

West Midlands Police

 

Tel: 101 ext 801 2068

[mobile number]

 

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Dear Freedom of Information,

Thank you for your response, I wish to proceed with the information that was outlined in the reply.

Yours sincerely,

emily lowes

Freedom of Information,

1 Attachment

Dear Ms Lowes

 

FOI Request Reference: 21931/18

 

Thank you for your request for information, received 26 November 2018.

 

REQUEST

 

Subject: Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme

 

1. How many requests have been made from the West Midlands for information
on partners since March 2014?

 

2. How many total reports of domestic violence were there in the West
Midlands from March 2014-October 2018?  Reports being anything from
domestic disturbance leading to no action, to an arrest being made.

 

3. How many total reports of domestic violence were there in the West
Midlands from March 2010-March 2014?

 

4. How does the scheme work, i.e. is the information only disclosed to the
requester if the person has been convicted? Or does it include reports
made against them that were never tried or convicted?

 

 

RESPONSE

 

Q4. Under section 21 of the Act, we are not required to provide
information in response to a request if it is already reasonably
accessible to you. Guidance with regard to the Domestic Violence
Disclosure Scheme is published on the GOV.UK website and can be found at
the following link:

 

[1]https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk...

 

Q1-3. Please find attached (21931_18_attachment_01.pdf).

 

Please note that these data should be interpreted with caution. Comparing
numbers of incidents/crimes can be misleading and does not necessarily
indicate the likelihood of someone being a victim of crime. In addition,
the number of incidents/crimes recorded in an area over a period of time
can be influenced by a number of factors. Consequently statistics on
incidents/crimes for one period may not necessarily be a good indicator of
future incidents in that area.

 

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and
complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been
extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police
purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is
subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system.
As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes
and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting
those data.

 

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of
data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of
figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken
into account when those data are used.

 

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you
to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as
to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent
the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.

 

As recommended as good practice by the Information Commissioner’s Office a
version of this response may be published on the West Midlands Police
website.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

 

For further information and data on West Midlands Police see our
publication scheme and disclosure log:

 

[2]http://foi.west-midlands.police.uk/

 

RIGHT OF APPEAL

 

Your attention is drawn to your right to request a re-examination of your
case under West Midlands Police review procedure, which can be found at:

 

[3]http://foi.west-midlands.police.uk/revie...

 

Please note that such an appeal must be received within 40 working days of
the date of this correspondence. Any such request received after this time
will only be considered at the discretion of the FOI Unit.

 

If you require any further information, then please do not hesitate to
contact me.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

David Notley

Disclosure Officer  

Freedom of Information Unit  

West Midlands Police

 

Tel: 101 ext 801 2068

[mobile number]

 

Contact us on 999 in an emergency or for all other matters please
visit [4]WMPolice Online

Sign-up for neighbourhood policing alerts at [5]www.wmnow.co.uk

Follow us on social media

[6]twitter.com/wmpolice

[7]www.facebook.com/westmidlandspolice

[8]www.youtube.com/westmidlandspolice

[9]View all of our social media links

 

Preventing crime, protecting the public and helping those in need.

 

This email is intended for the addressee only and may contain privileged
or confidential information. If received in error, please notify the
originator immediately. Any unauthorised use, disclosure, copying or
alteration of this email is strictly forbidden. Views or opinions
expressed in this email do not necessarily represent those of West
Midlands Police. All West Midlands Police email activity is monitored for
virus, racist, obscene, or otherwise inappropriate activity. No
responsibility is accepted by West Midlands Police for any loss or damage
arising in any way from the receipt or use of this email.

References

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2. http://foi.west-midlands.police.uk/
3. http://foi.west-midlands.police.uk/revie...
4. https://www.west-midlands.police.uk/
5. https://www.wmnow.co.uk/
6. https://twitter.com/wmpolice
7. https://www.facebook.com/westmidlandspol...
8. https://www.youtube.com/westmidlandspolice
9. https://www.west-midlands.police.uk/cont...

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