Crimes of Violence

Home Department written question – answered on 4th April 2011.

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Photo of John Martin McDonnell John Martin McDonnell Labour, Hayes and Harlington

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information her Department holds on the number of persons convicted of offences of (a) murder of and (b) actual bodily harm against a woman in England and Wales in each year since 1998 who had previously stalked or harassed the victim.

Photo of James Brokenshire James Brokenshire Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)

The requested data relating to actual bodily harm convictions are not collected by either the Ministry of Justice or Home Office.

Available data relate to offences recorded as homicide by police forces in England and Wales between 2007-08 and 2009-10, and have been extracted from the Home Office's Homicide Index. The following table shows the number of female homicide victims, where court proceedings have resulted in at least one person being convicted of murder and the victim had previously been harassed or stalked by one (or more) of the suspects. Data on whether homicide victims had previously been, harassed or stalked have only been collected since April 2007.

Offences( 1) currently recorded by the police as homicide of a female resulting in murder conviction where victim was previously stalked/harassed: England and Wales, 2007-08 to 2009-10( 2)
Year( 2) Number
2007-08 2
2008-09 4
2009-10 8
(1) As at 28 September 2010; figures are subject to revision as cases are dealt with by the police and by the courts, or as further information becomes available.

(2) Offences are shown according to the year in which they were initially recorded as homicide. This is not necessarily the year in which the incident took place or the year in which any court decision was made.

The data are as at 28 September 2010 and subject to revision as cases are dealt with by the police and by the courts, or as further information becomes available. This is particularly the case for the years presented given the time it can take to bring suspects to trial. It should also be noted that the data do not relate to the number of suspects convicted, and that the victim may not necessarily have been harassed or stalked by the person convicted of murder.

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