Domestic Abuse: Death

Home Office written question – answered on 26th January 2021.

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Photo of Jess Phillips Jess Phillips Shadow Minister (Home Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the total number is of women known to the police to have been subjected to domestic abuse or coercive control who have died in sudden or unexplained circumstances; and for how many and what proportion of that number the cause of death was classed as (a) homicide, (b) suicide, (c) accidental, (d) natural causes and (e) open verdicts.

Photo of Victoria Atkins Victoria Atkins The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

The Home Office does not hold the information in the categories requested. However, according to the Office of National Statistics, in the period April 2018-March 2019, in 99 cases of Female Homicide the suspect was either a son, daughter, family member or former or current partner.

Some of this information is included in Domestic Homicide Reviews; government is currently reviewing how to collate such information.

The statistics can be found on this link https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/crimeandjustice/articles/homicideinenglandandwales/yearendingmarch2019/relateddata

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