Disclosure Details

Sexual Assault Referral Centre - 779/13

Dated: 07 Nov 2013

Date of request:    16/10/2013

Date of response:  07/11/2013

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

Thank you for your email dated 16 October 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: 

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act for, for each of the last 5 calendar years (2008 to 2013):
a) Numbers of referrals of sexual offence victims from the police to the Sexual Assault Referral Centre for which you, your NHS trust or police force, has responsibility
b) Numbers of self-referrals to the SARC
c) Numbers of referrals from other organisations to the SARC
For each year under the category 'referrals from the police' please also provide 
i) numbers of rape victims referred (if these figures are collected).
ii) numbers of victims who had a forensic examination
d) Numbers of victims referred by the Havens to the police (on an anonymous basis or otherwise) and percentage of these who are rape victims.

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 Crime Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held in part by Northumbria Police.

I have today decided to disclose the located information to you as follows, with the caveat that that any information provided may not be an accurate figure to the number of referrals as SARCS are run as a multi-agency initiative.
You should also note that on this occassion we are happy to disclose the requested information as we have considered that no exemptions apply, however this may not be the case if subsequent similar requests are made.  We would not compromise the Health and Safety of any victims or disrupt investigations or law enforcement to respond to FOI requests.

2008    341
2009    463
2010/2011   285 
20111/2012   208 
2012/2013   262

b) & c).  With regards to these points  we don't differentiate whether the victim has approached direct  or whether they were referred by another organisation, therefore the figures below will contain both types of referral.

2008    No information held
2009    No information held
2010/2011   64 
2011/2012   32 
2012/2013   33 

i) As at a) above.

2010/2011   186 Forensic Examinations
2011/2012   117 Forensic Examinations
2012/2013   142 Forensic Examinations

d) No information held. We have no records of victims referred by the Havens

Northumbria Police can neither confirm nor deny that it holds any other information with regard to an exempt body as the duty in Section 1(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 does not apply by virtue of the following exemption:
Section 23(5) Information supplied by, or concerning, certain Security Bodies.
Section 23 is a class based absolute exemption and there is no requirement to consider the public interest in this case.
Confirming or denying the existence of whether any other information is held would contravene the constrictions laid out within Section 23 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 in that this stipulates a generic bar on disclosure of any information applied by, or concerning, certain Security Bodies.

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.

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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