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Recorded Honour Based Violence/Forced Marriage?FGM

Question

1. For the full year of 2015 (01/01/2015 - 31/12/2015) in total how many incidents and crimes did your police force record of:
a)"honour" based violence?
b) forced marriage?
c) female genital mutilation?

2. If your police force records any of/ all of a)-c) together, for the full year of 2015 (01/01/2015 - 31/12/2015) in total how many incidents and crimes of "honour" based violence, forced marriage and female genital mutilation combined did your police force record?

3. For the full year of 2015 (01/01/2015 - 31/12/2015) in how many cases were criminal charges pressed which involved:
a)"honour" based violence?
b) forced marriage?
c) female genital mutilation?

4. If your police force records any of/ all of a)-c) together, for the full year of 2015 (01/01/2015 - 31/12/2015) in how many cases of "honour" based violence, forced marriage and female genital mutilation were criminal charges pressed?

5. For the full year of 2015 (01/01/2015 - 31/12/2015) how many cases resulted in convictions involving:
a)"honour" based violence?
b) forced marriage?
c) female genital mutilation?

6.If your police force records any of/ all of a)-c) together, for the full year of 2015 (01/01/2015 - 31/12/2015) in how many cases involving "honour" based violence, forced marriage and female genital mutilation were there convictions?

7. For the full year of 2015 (01/01/2015 - 31/12/2015) how many murder cases involving "honour" based violence did your police force record?

Answer

1. Please find the information requested in the table below:

Offence

Crime

No Crime

Non Recordable

Honour based violence

44

5

35

Forced marriage

9

1

19

Female genital mutilation

5

2

37

2. Our records show that there were a total of 99 incidents and 58 crimes in total.

Please note these figures relate to incidents reported to Avon and Somerset Constabulary. Other agencies are also involved in dealing with these types of offences.

All reports to the police are recorded within the crime recording database as crimes/incidents or intelligence reports and are all overseen by Investigation teams and Safeguarding units within the public protection arena and are all thoroughly investigated.  In relation to FGM in many of the cases there was insufficient evidence to show that a crime had been committed but police, in conjunction with Social Care, responded to these concerns to minimise any risk to the child.

In Bristol, Avon & Somerset Constabulary are part of The Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Delivery and Safeguarding Partnership, which is a group of statutory agencies, voluntary groups, charities and members of Bristol’s local communities working together with the common goal of stopping FGM. This group reports to the Bristol Safeguarding Children Board (BSCB) and the Bristol Domestic and Sexual Abuse Strategy Group coordinated by Safer Bristol. For more information about FGM https://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/advice/threats,-assault-and-hate-crime/female-genital-mutilation-(fgm)/’

3+4. Our records show that there were 2 cases where criminal charges were pressed which involved honour based violence. There was one case where criminal charges were pressed for forced marriage and 1 charge for female genital mutilation.

5+6. None resulted in a conviction.

7. Our records show that were no murders involving honour based violence in 2015.

FOI Ref: 525/16

Date of Request: 05.04.16