Cap on Domestic Violence Offences

MQT on 2015-07-15
Session date: 
July 15, 2015
Question By: 
Joanne McCartney
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


It was recently reported that the number of violent crimes published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) is 'capped' at five offences per victim - even if many more offences were recorded by the survey. Were the 'cap' not in place - what would have been the actual number of Domestic Violence offences within London per financial year since 2011/12? Please provide this in excel format.


Answer for Cap on Domestic Violence Offences

Answer for Cap on Domestic Violence Offences

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Written answer from the Mayor

The capping of incidents is a statistical methodology used by ONS in the Crime Survey of England and Wales (CSEW) to avoid skewed findings caused by a small number of respondents making a disproportionate contribution to the overall CSEW estimates.

This does not affect police recorded crime figures. Therefore we are unable to answer this question.

Domestic abuse offences in London are published on London Data Store and the MOPAC Domestic and Sexual Violence dashboard: