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Crime: Domestic Violence

Volume 688: debated on Thursday 18 January 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many lives were lost during the years 2002 to 2005 as a result of domestic violence. [HL1124]

Available data for England, Wales and Scotland relate to currently recorded offences of homicide (murder, manslaughter and infanticide) where the relationship of the victim to the principal suspect includes current or former spouse, cohabitant or lover, and were published in Violent Crime Overview, Homicide and Gun Crime 2004/2005 (HOSB 02/06) and Homicide in Scotland, 2005/06. Figures for Northern Ireland relate to the recorded crime data collection, where offences of murder have been classified as domestic-related.

Homicides currently recorded for all victims, where relationship of victim to principal suspect was “partner/ex-partner”: 2002-03 to 2005-06

Numbers

Recorded crime

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

England and Wales 1

135

118

139

-

Northern Ireland 2

7

4

7

6

Scotland 3

13

5

14

16

1 As at 28 November 2005; figures are subject to revision as cases are dealt with by the police and by the courts, or as further information becomes available. Source: table 2.05 of HOSB 2002-06. Revised data up to and including 2005-06 are scheduled to be published on 25 January 2007.

2 Offences of murder that have been classified as domestic-related. Manslaughter (and infanticide) are not included in these statistics. Source: table 2.4 of Domestic Incidents and Crimes (Statistical Report No. 2).

3 As at 8 November 2006; figures are subject to revision as cases are dealt with by the police and by the courts, or as further information becomes available. Source: table 5 of Homicide in Scotland, 2005/06 (Bulletin 537).