Categories for recording domestic abuse crimes

MQT on 2017-07-13
Session date: 
July 13, 2017
Question By: 
Sian Berry
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


How many different categories does the Metropolitan Police Service use when recording crimes within the area of domestic abuse, what are these categories, and are you planning to review them?


Answer for Categories for recording domestic abuse crimes

Answer for Categories for recording domestic abuse crimes

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The MPS use the cross governmental definition of domestic abuse whereby any threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between adults, aged 16 and over, who are or have been intimate partners or family member, regardless of gender and sexuality.

The crime classification categories which domestic abuse offences may appear are wide ranging. For example in the last year, notifiable offences flagged as domestic abuse included crime within all major crime categories (Violence against the Person, Sexual offences, Drugs, Robbery, Burglary, Criminal Damage and Theft & Handling).

There are no plans to review these as this allows the identification of a wide range of types of domestic abuse, as defined by the cross governmental definition, and ensures that none are excluded and thereby not dealt with as domestic abuse.