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Domestic Violence

Volume 480: debated on Thursday 16 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her most recent estimate is of the incidence of domestic violence in (a) rural and (b) urban areas. (225880)

As part of a statutory performance indicator, data on the number of domestic violence incidents reported to the police in England and Wales is collected annually. The most recent available figures for 2006-07 were collected under the police performance assessment framework.

The figures, broken down by (a) rural and (b) urban police force areas in England and Wales in accordance with the ACORN (a classification of residential neighbourhoods) are outlined in the following table.

Domestic violence incidents – 2006-07

Force area

Number reported

Rural

Cambridgeshire

7,501

Cumbria

4,372

Devon and Cornwall

22,828

Durham

8,163

Dyfed Powys1

3,871

Gloucestershire

8,237

Lincolnshire1

4,912

Norfolk

7,893

North Wales1

10,188

North Yorkshire1

5,986

Suffolk

4,314

West Mercia

12,799

Wiltshire

6,600

Total

107,664

Urban

Cheshire

5,161

City of London2

96

Cleveland

6,083

Greater Manchester2

64,727

Hertfordshire

10,926

Lancashire

22,217

Merseyside2

25,568

Metropolitan Police2

69,438

Northumbria

24,277

Nottinghamshire

17,534

South Wales

15,421

South Yorkshire

17,825

Staffordshire

18,659

Surrey

11,742

West Midlands2

40,233

West Yorkshire

34,481

Total

384,388

1 Most rural

2 Most urban

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of domestic violence were reported to the police in each police force area in England and Wales in each of the last five years. (225881)

From the information collected centrally on recorded crime, it is not possible to identify recorded cases of domestic violence. Such offences are not specifically defined by law and details of the individual circumstances of offences are not collected.

The British Crime Survey (BCS) routinely provides information on the number of incidents of domestic violence in England and Wales but it is not possible to break the statistics down by police force area.