Transforming the response to domestic abuse

Closes 31 May 2018

Improving performance using data

Numerous indicators from across the criminal justice system shows clear variation in performance across the country in criminal justice outcomes.

The number of domestic-abuse related incidents and crimes recorded differs between police forces. Commissioning of victim-focused support also shows regional variations.[1]

We are determined to confront this postcode lottery to ensure victims across the country get the support they need - when and where they need it.

Ensuring local practitioners have a detailed understanding of how individual police forces and the wider criminal justice system deals with domestic abuse is vital to improving performance across the country.

In December 2016 the Office for National Statistics published the first annual domestic abuse statistical bulletin [2] and data tool [3] and has recently published its second.[4]

These publications were borne out of an Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) recommendation, in 2015, from its domestic abuse re-inspection report 'Increasingly Everyone’s Business'.[5]

They aim to bring together domestic abuse statistics in one place to enable a more thorough analysis of how domestic abuse is dealt with at a local level in England and Wales.

Meanwhile the Ministry of Justice continues to develop its understanding of what works and is planning to make existing sources of information, data and evidence more easily accessible in one place via GOV.UK.

The Department for Education is also looking at ways to improve the collection and usage of domestic abuse data in their child in need census for families where children receive support from social care.

We expect local practitioners across all agencies, including health, education, social services and the criminal justice system, to use such data, alongside local knowledge, to ask hard and critical questions about their performance in relation to domestic abuse in order to identify areas for improvement.

We would like to explore the feasibility of improving the collection and use of data across the justice system. This could include work to better identify domestic abuse related offences at the point of conviction, and linking the data collected by different agencies to better track outcomes, interventions, reoffending and the interactions with other types of offending. Improved data collection and reporting could also improve insight into the gender and relationship of the perpetrator and victim.

58. Please select which of the following you believe should be priorities for improving data collection. Please choose up to 3.