Disclosure Details

Domestic Violence - 268/13

Dated: 23 Apr 2013

Date of request:     02/04/2013

Date of response:   23/03/2013

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)

Thank you for your email dated 02 April 2013 in which you made a request for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police.

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked: 

  1. The  number  of  arrests for domestic violence recorded by Northumbria Police in the Sunderland Area Command area during 2012.

  2. The  number  of arrests for domestic violence recorded by Northumbria Police in the Sunderland Area Command area during 2011.

  3. The highest number of times one individual has been arrested by Northumbria Police for domestic violence in the Sunderland area over the past two years.

In response:

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Corporate Development Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

I have today decided to disclose the located information to you as follows.

The response to this request has been obtained by searching all domestic violence incidents in Sunderland Area Command for 2011 and 2012 and the number of resulting arrests. It should be noted that these arrests could relate to any type of crime, for example criminal damage, harassment, assault.  

  1. 1822

  2. 1935

  3. 12

Northumbria Police is committed to protecting the lives of all victims of domestic abuse, investigating all reports, bringing offenders to justice and holding them accountable for their actions and adopting a proactive multi-agency approach to prevent and reduce domestic abuse.

Further information regarding Northumbria Police's current Domestic Abuse campaign, Dont walk on eggshells,  can be found on the Northumbria Police website.

The information we have supplied to you is likely to contain intellectual property rights of Northumbria Police.  Your use of the information must be strictly in accordance with the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended) or such other applicable legislation.  In particular, you must not re-use this information for any commercial purpose.

How to complain

If you are unhappy with our decision or do not consider that we have handled your request properly and we are unable to resolve this issue informally, you are entitled to make a formal complaint to us under our complaints procedure which can be found at: http://www.northumbria.police.uk/foi/disclosurelog/foicomprights.asp

If you are still unhappy after we have investigated your complaint and reported to you the outcome, you may complain directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office and request that they investigate to ascertain whether we have dealt with your request in accordance with the Act.


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