Domestic Violence

Home Department written question – answered on 7th April 2005.

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Photo of Mr Tom Cox Mr Tom Cox Labour, Tooting

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of domestic violence have been reported to the Metropolitan police in each of the last three years.

Photo of Hazel Blears Hazel Blears Minister of State (Home Office) (Policing, Security and Community Safety), Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee

The number of domestic violence incidents reported to the Metropolitan Police Service in each of the last three years are set out in the table:

Number of reported domestic violence incidents
2001–02 90,974
2002–03 104,000
2003–04 106,879

The rise in figures from 2001–02 to 2002–03 is attributable to the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard in April 2002. This system changed the way in which police record crime with the aim of promoting greater consistency between force recording. This had the effect of increasing the amount of crime recorded.

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