5.4 Characteristics of incidences

Metropolitan Police Service, London LOGO

(i) Type of domestic violence incident that was committed

Out of the 206 incidents identified for the calendar year 2006, the majority (70.4%) of incidents reported were categorised as ‘violence against the person’ offences. Only 1.5% of the crimes were classified as sexual assault.

More specifically:

  • 44.2% of incidents involved the offence of actual bodily harm,
  • 12.6% involved common assault,
  • 9.7% involved harassment, and
  • 17.5% involved the offence category ‘other accepted crime’.

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(ii) When incidents were committed

  • Almost half of the incidents (45.6%) were committed between 9 p.m. and 3 a.m.
  • The largest proportions of incidents were committed on Saturdays (19.9%) and Thursdays (17.0%). In general, however, incidents are spread fairly evenly throughout the days of the week.

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(iii) When incidents are reported

Comparing the times incidents were committed and reported, more incidents were committed between 9 p.m. and 3am than reported at this time and more incidents were reported between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

  • While incidents were reported throughout the year, the largest proportions were reported in July (15.0%) and September (12.6%). The fewest incidents were reported in February (2.9%).
  • The largest proportion of incidents (20.9%) was reported between midnight and 3 a.m.
  • The largest proportion of incidents was reported on Saturdays (21.4%). The incidents reported across on other days of the week were spread evenly across the days, with all other proportions ranging between 12.4% and 14.1%.

(iv) How incidents are reported

Approximately two in three incidents were reported by emergency 999 call.

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(v) Location of incident

The majority of incidents (66.9%) took place in a private location. Specifically, almost one third (32.0%) took place in or in the immediate vicinity of the victim’s home. Only a small proportion (2.4%) took place in a pub or club.

Further, it is interesting that more than one in ten incidents (12.1%) took place over the telephone or mobile. There is a growing awareness of harassment and psychological distress that that can be caused even when the couple are not in close proximity to each other.

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