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Females: Crimes of Violence

Volume 482: debated on Wednesday 5 November 2008

To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how many women were victims of (a) rape, (b) domestic violence, (c) forced marriage, (d) sexual exploitation and (e) trafficking in each of the last three years, broken down by (i) parliamentary constituency and (ii) police force area. (227211)

Data on these crimes are collected in a number of ways. Where appropriate the Government do hold data on the number of recorded offences made to the police by women. However, these data are not broken down by parliamentary constituency.

Rape:

The following table provides a breakdown by police force area for recorded offences of rape of a female for the last three years:

Recorded offences of rape of a female by police force area

Number of offences

Police force area

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

Avon and Somerset

295

393

352

Bedfordshire

188

141

106

British Transport Police

17

16

14

Cambridgeshire

193

193

198

Cheshire

165

150

140

Cleveland

158

125

130

Cumbria

73

63

78

Derbyshire

253

253

217

Devon and Cornwall

361

355

360

Dorset

166

115

192

Durham

129

76

117

Dyfed-Powys

79

92

66

Essex

352

324

264

Gloucestershire

145

150

130

Greater Manchester

769

767

712

Gwent

112

132

164

Hampshire

618

592

549

Hertfordshire

197

179

163

Humberside

323

264

237

Kent

413

368

379

Lancashire

299

257

232

Leicestershire

287

275

315

Lincolnshire

169

147

154

London, City of

5

8

3

Merseyside

356

274

231

Metropolitan Police

2,249

2,144

1,792

Norfolk

209

147

128

Northamptonshire

152

147

138

Northumbria

325

307

232

North Wales

156

99

142

North Yorkshire

134

128

121

Nottinghamshire

236

223

209

South Wales

193

240

232

South Yorkshire

294

241

219

Staffordshire

267

265

224

Suffolk

192

161

151

Surrey

135

134

144

Sussex

399

413

293

Thames Valley

425

411

356

Warwickshire

75

93

96

West Mercia

212

208

229

West Midlands

856

834

748

West Yorkshire

558

579

563

Wiltshire

138

141

128

England and Wales

13,327

12,624

11,648

Domestic violence:

The Government collect domestic violence data purely for police performance measurements purposes. Published domestic violence arrest rates for 2006-07 and 2005-06 by police force area can be found at

http://police.homeoffice.gov.uk/performance-and-measurement/performance-assessment/.

The domestic violence figures for 2007-08 by police force area will be published shortly on the Home Office website, as part of the release of information relating to police performance 2007-08.

Forced marriage:

The forced marriage unit have been keeping statistics on reportings of forced marriage since January 2008. It is not possible to provide a breakdown by police force area for this crime. Between January and September 2008 the forced marriage unit has handled 1,180 incidents of forced marriage or potential forced marriage.

Sexual exploitation and trafficking:

The Government do not hold figures on how many women were the victims of sexual exploitation or trafficking. The Government have delivered two national enforcement campaigns against trafficking for sexual exploitation, involving all 55 police forces. During Operation Pentameter 1, 88 victims of trafficking were recovered, and during Operation Pentameter 2, this number was doubled to 167 (13 of whom were children).