Honour Based Violence - 609/13
Dated: 03 Sep 2013
Date of request: 07/08/2013
Date of response: 03/09/2013
Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)
Thank you for your email dated 7 August 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.
For the full year of 2012, please can you confirm:
1. How many incidents of ‘honour’ based violence your police force recorded?
2. How many of these incidents led to criminal charges being pressed?
3. How many of the charges referred to in question 2 resulted in conviction.
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 Crime 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.
1. 52 incidents of ‘honour’ based domestic violence were recorded by Northumbria Police in 2012.
2. 7 arrests have been made re the above incidents.
3. 2 cases have resulted in persons being charged - 1 convicted and 1 dismissed at Court.
Northumbria Police want to encourage members of all communities to report incidents of honour based violence, female genital mutilation and forced marriage. We endeavour to increase the confidence of all vulnerable persons across our region to report their concerns.
We have a dedicated team of resources responding to domestic and sexual violence and we offer a tailored response to reports of honour based violence specific to the often complex and sensitive needs of the individual.
Among the objectives of Northumbria Police are to identify and respond to incidents of domestic abuse and reduce crime. Experience has shown that victims are now confident that we are committed to responding to the earliest signs of abuse and will intervene long before any crime has been committed in order to protect victims from harm and address those at risk of causing such harm.
Further information regarding Honour based violence can be found on our website.
In order to assist I have provided the link below.
Due to the different methods of recording information across 43 forces, a specific response from one constabulary should not be seen as an indication of what information could be supplied (within cost) by another. Systems used for recording these figures are not generic, nor are the procedures used locally in capturing the data. For this reason responses between forces may differ, and should not be used for comparative purposes.
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