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 police reports regarding domestic violence calls, in accordance with the California Government Code, Section 6254(f), records of investigations conducted by, or investigatory files compiled by, any local police agency for law enforcement purposes are exempt from disclosure. To the extent that records were located, they are either investigatory records themselves or properly part of an investigative file. Therefore, we are denying your request. The records may be provided pursuant to a subpoena or court order related to pending litigation.
With regards to your request for all domestic violence related calls from March 19 to May 8, a good resource is the main site for Los Angeles Corona Virus information (see https://corona-virus.la/data ). As well as the LAPD website (http://lapdonline.org/statistical_data), which can provide statistical data for city-wide statistics or by Division, with previous months and years provided.
With regards to your request for all domestic violence related calls for the current year and previous years, 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