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Domestic Abuse Homicides Data, Northern Ireland

Data on domestic abuse related homicides recorded by the PSNI in 2006/07 to 2014/15.

Homicides include both murder and manslaughter. In the case of this dataset, each homicide has been identified by the police as having been perpetrated against a partner or family member (see below for a full definition of domestic abuse).

The PSNI’s electronic crime management system (NICHE) began recording crimes in April 2007 so the month, year and location is also not available for homicides recorded in 2005/06 and 2006/07. Some pre-2005/06 homicides are recorded here, however, as their identification as homicides was not made at the time of the incident, but since the NICHE system started operating.

Unique ID numbers are provided for each homicide and each incident. A single incident may have multiple crimes resulting (in the case of more than one victim, for instance). Note that these numbers are unique to this table - they do not correlate with the domestic abuse incidents and crimes dataset on this portal. Please note that these identification numbers do not correspond with the domestic abuse incidents and crimes data.

Case information, such as the age and gender of the victim, address of the homicide, area and policing district, and whether the case was prosecuted and the detected category (case outcome) is present (see data dictionary below for more information).

The data is correct as of July 17th 2015. Changes recorded in the PSNI database may occur after this date, including the circumstances of a case, additional cases, and how a case is disposed/detected if that has not already occurred. It is important to note that not all cases of domestic abuse in relation to a homicide may be apparent to the police.

The police can be contacted on 0845 600 8000 or 999 in an emergency. 

Women's Aid NI Domestic & Sexual Violence Helpline can be contacted 24 hours a day on 0808 802 1414.

You can follow events at the QUB’s European Conference on Domestic Violence (@ECDV) using the Twitter hashtag #ECDV2015.

Information on statistic collection

Domestic abuse is defined for the recording of crime reported statistics as ‘any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, verbal, sexual, financial or emotional) inflicted on one person by another where they are or have been intimate partners or family members, irrespective of gender or sexual orientation’. (Source)

The identification of a domestic abuse motivation is derived from a motivation ‘tick box’ on the system used by PSNI to record crime. The motivation is identified and completed by a police officer or member of police staff for each such reported incident or crime. The correct application of a domestic abuse motivation for all such incidents/crimes is not quality assured by the PSNI’s Statistics Branch, but audits and data quality checks are routinely conducted in an attempt to ensure that any under or over-recording is corrected.

All reports made to the PSNI are recorded as incidents in compliance with the National Standard for Incident Reporting (NSIR). Where the incident is identified as meeting the National Crime Recording Standard (NCRS) and the Home Office Counting Rules (HOCR) they are recorded as crimes.

Detected crimes are those that have been ‘cleared up’ (or 'solved') by the police. Not every case where the police know, or think they know, who committed a crime can be counted as a detection, and some crimes are counted as detected when the victims' families might view a case otherwise. For any crime to be counted as detected, sufficient evidence must be available to claim a detection.

This dataset was used in the Detail Data story 'Home is where the hurt is' published 6 September 2015.

Data and Resources

Dataset Info

These fields are compatible with DCAT, an RDF vocabulary designed to facilitate interoperability between data catalogs published on the Web.
Police Service of Northern Ireland
Modified Date
Release Date
Licence Not Specified
Open Definition
Spatial / Geographical Coverage Area (WKT)
POLYGON ((-8.21777 55.3978, -5.39429 55.3978, -5.39429 53.9949, -8.21777 53.9949, -8.21777 55.3978))
Spatial / Geographical Coverage Location
Northern Ireland
Temporal Coverage
01/04/2005 to 31/03/2015
Data Dictionary
Incident ID: unique identifying number where a singe incident occurred | Crime ID: unique identifying number for an individual crime (there may be multiples crimes in one incident) | Month Occurred | Year Occurred | Overall Crime Category: higher-level crime classification | Crime Sub Category: numbered sub categories of crimes (see for full list) | Victim age band | Victim Gender | District: pre-April 2015 NI Police District | Area: based on pre-2014 Local Government District plus 4 Belfast (N,S,E,W) | Detection Category: how a case has been disposed | Occurrence Address Premises Name | Occurrence Address Common Name | Occurrence Address Street | Occurrence Address District | Occurrence Address Town | Occurrence Address County | Occurrence Address Postcode | File Forwarded To PPS/Courts: Yes/No of whether a prosecution was pursued
Contact Name
Bob Harper
Contact Email
Public Access Level