Wednesday, 22 September 2010
Domestic Violence incidents mapped
Second domestic incidents are a high priority for the Metropolitan Police with incidents of domestic violence a particularly high priority. Thirdly the data set for my clustering was biased towards non-residential locations as I used late night weekend incidents mostly associated with entertainment areas. Domestic violence by its nature mainly occurs in residential locations and thus counterbalances the previous bias.
There are arguments why I should not include DV incidents. The main one is that it may not properly record the occurrence of domestic violence as the more police treat it as a priority the more the demand will be for police to deal with it. So to a certain extent the demand is associated with positive police activity. This may be the arguments of police in the boroughs of Lewisham and Greenwich where domestic violence appears high. The fact is all demand is associated with police activity creating or maintaining confidence that police will deal with the incident appropriately. The point is the data are about the nature of the demand on police, but the above concerns are valid as domestic violence tends to happen in private and depends to a large extent on the victim reporting it to police whereas other types of violence tends to happen in public places and therefore is reported by witnesses and/or discovered by police.