Homicide: Domestic Violence

Home Office written question – answered on 17th November 2015.

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Photo of Tristram Hunt Tristram Hunt Labour, Stoke-on-Trent Central

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many murders related to domestic violence there have been in each year between 1997 and 2014.

Photo of Mike Penning Mike Penning The Minister of State, Home Department, The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

The available information is given in the table and is taken from the Home Office Homicide Index.

Data are based on the number of homicides where the victim’s relationship to the principal suspect was partner or ex-partner.

Table A: Offences currently recorded as domestic homicide1,2, 1997/98 to 2013/14

England and Wales

Relationship to principal suspect

Partner/ex-partner

Number of victims

1997/98

131

1998/99

105

1999/00

112

2000/01

127

2001/02

146

2002/03

136

2003/04

122

2004/05

145

2005/06

113

2006/07

120

2007/08

110

2008/09

135

2009/10

114

2010/11

118

2011/12

107

2012/13

93

2013/14

108

Source: Homicide Index, Home Office

1. As at 5 November 2014; 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 where the victim's relationship to principal suspect is 'spouse (including civil partner), cohabiting partner, boyfriend/girlfriend, ex-spouse/ex-cohabiting partner/ex-boyfriend/girlfriend, adulterous relationship, lover’s spouse or emotional rival' are shown.

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