Request #20-2773
My name is [REDACTED].
I am reaching out to you today to request information specifically about domestic violence data.

I am working with the Global Lab (Based out of UCLA) run by [REDACTED]. The Global Lab is attempting to quickly respond to the growing 'crisis' in domestic violence cases. We are trying to gather data in specifically about the surge in DV calls/text messages and cases. 

We are currently working with the National Domestic Violence Hotline. We are inquiring if perhaps LAPD may be seeing the surge as well, and if LAPD would be willing to work with our team. [REDACTED] and I are ready to hop on a call with whomever is most appropriate to speak with and share more details about this potential study. 

With the data we gather from potentially LAPD and others, we may be able to compile an effective argument to develop appropriate policy to respond to the crisis at hand.

We hope to work with you to accomplish that.

Thank you for your help and your time! I really appreciate it, and I look forward to hearing back from you.

Warm Regards,


May 5, 2020 via web


Police Department (LAPD)





Point of Contact

LAPD Analyst - Vanessa N6613

Request Published Public
May 11, 2020, 9:20am
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Dear Requester:



We reviewed your request for domestic violence-related data.


Your request was made under the California Public Records Act (the Act). The Department is cognizant of its responsibilities under the Act. It recognizes the statutory scheme was enacted to maximize citizen access to the workings of government. The Act does not mandate disclosure of all documents within the government’s possession. Rather, by specific exemption and reference to other statutes, the Act recognizes that there are boundaries where the public’s right to access must be balanced against such weighty considerations as the right of privacy, a right of constitutional dimension under California Constitution, Article 1, Section 1. The law also exempts from disclosure records that are privileged or confidential or otherwise exempt under either express provisions of the Act or pursuant to applicable federal or state law, per California Government Code Sections 6254(b); 6254(c); 6254(f); 6254(k); and 6255.


With regards to your request for domestic violence data, a good resource is the main site for Los Angeles Corona Virus information (see ). As well as the LAPD website (, which can provide statistical data for city-wide statistics or by Division, with previous months and years provided.


With regards to your request specifically about a "surge" in domestic violence calls/text messages, there is data available on the City's Open Data portal at the following location:


From datasets such as “LAPD Calls for Service 2020” or those for prior years you can filter for the date range and for specific MO Codes or Call Type Codes (such as anything that contains “d” indicating a domestic complaint), or Call Text such as “Dom Viol” or variations thereof.  The dataset “[YEAR]_COUNT BY CALL_TYPE” can provide insight into the number of calls received for a specific call type. 


If you have any questions, please respond to this email.






LAPD Discovery Section, CPRA Unit

May 11, 2020, 9:20am
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Police Department (LAPD)
May 5, 2020, 1:10pm
Request Opened Public
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May 5, 2020, 1:10pm