Domestic abuse registry will reveal offender’s past to new lovers


Domestic abusers will be put on a register like sex offenders so that their new partners will be told by the police about their violent past, according to plans to be announced on Wednesday.

Any convicted abuser would be required by law to notify police if they moved or opened a joint bank account with a new partner so officers could alert them to their violent past.

Failure to register or report the changes to police could send abusers back to jail for violating their license and face up to five years in prison, if the penalties mimic those for violating the sex offender registry.

Easier for victims

This will allow police forces to alert new partners to abusers’ past behavior and adds to Clare’s Law, which already gives women and men the right to ask police for information about past convictions of abusers. a partner for violence.

Ministers also aim to make it easier for victims to use Clare’s Law by speeding up the time it takes to obtain previous convictions and making it easier for them to apply online.

The new ‘domestic violence’ plan, announced by Priti Patel, the Home Secretary, will also see 3,500 convicted domestic abusers GPS tagged after their release from prison so they can be tracked and stopped from entering in “exclusion zones” around their ex-partner or victims.

Ministers will also consider giving victims the right to statutory leave if they have to deal with domestic violence, similar to the leave provided for staff who are sick or on paternity or maternity leave.

Ms Patel said: ‘Domestic violence is a devastating crime that ruins lives and tackling it is an important part of this government’s crime plan. For too long, the focus has been on what the victim could have done differently rather than the behavior of the perpetrators themselves.

“Now that has to change. My plan against domestic violence aims to provide relief to victims and make it easier for them to access the help and support they need, while taking strong action against the perpetrators.

About 2.3 million people are victims of domestic violence each year, according to the Office for National Statistics Crime Survey.

Victims can seek help from pharmacies and employment agencies

As part of this plan, the Action Needed Immediately scheme, which allows victims of domestic violence to go to pharmacies to get help and escape their attacker, will be extended to employment agencies.

The program was launched during the pandemic when victims were unable to make phone calls or access the internet while locked at home with coercive abusers.

Funding for the National Domestic Violence Helpline, which is used by an average of 15,000 people every three months, will be doubled to £1million, with an additional £1million for other helplines. helplines that support women and girls who are victims of violence.

Police forces with the highest rates of domestic homicides and serious crimes of domestic violence will be reviewed by the National Council of Chiefs of Police.

There will be an additional £7.5million over three years to train health workers to better identify, refer and support victims of domestic violence as well as new curricula to help teachers ensure that children learn about healthy relationships.

Nicole Jacobs, Domestic Violence Commissioner, said: “It is essential that domestic violence prevention work is prioritized across government and other agencies like police, health and housing so that we can tackle against domestic violence as soon as possible.

“The success of this early prevention will rely on adequate funding for community services that are central to prioritizing domestic violence.”


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