Priti Patel prepares to announce national register of domestic abusers

Priti Patel prepares to announce national register of domestic abusers

Tip-off plan to expose wife beaters as Priti Patel prepares to announce national register of domestic abusers

  • It will be announced by Home Secretary Priti Patel this week under other plans
  • The move will involve the set up of the first national register of domestic abusers
  • Whitehall insiders say it will mirror existing system that logs sex offenders

Women will be alerted by the police if they buy a house or open a bank account with a convicted domestic abuser. 

The move will be announced by Home Secretary Priti Patel this week under plans to tackle the growing problem of violence in the home. 

It will involve the establishment of the first national register of domestic abusers.

Whitehall insiders told the Sunday Times that the proposal will mirror the existing system that logs the details of sex offenders. 

The move will be announced by Home Secretary Priti Patel, pictured, this week under plans to tackle the growing problem of violence in the home

A similar system for the most serious domestic abusers would allow police to alert their partners to their offences at key ‘pathway points’ in their relationship.

This could include if they move in with a woman or open a bank account with them.

It would represent a major expansion of the current disclosure scheme known as ‘Clare’s Law’, which gives women or family members the right to ask police if a current or ex-partner has a violent or abusive past.

Police can also already alert women if they think their safety is at risk from their boyfriend or husband.

It will involve the establishment of the first national register of domestic abusers (stock image)

This week’s plans, due to be announced on Wednesday, will also see the Home Office launch a review into how criminal justice agencies share information about the risk a convict poses.

Funding for the 24-hour domestic abuse helpline, which receives about 15,000 calls a month, will be doubled to £2million while health services will be handed £7.5million to improve monitoring of the signs of abuse and sexual violence.

The moves come after domestic abuse cases rocketed during lockdown as vulnerable women were left trapped by domineering partners and unable to see doctors and social workers.

Latest figures show that police reports of domestic abuse rose by 6 per cent to 798,607 in the year to March 2021 while in the previous year, almost half of adult female homicide victims in England and Wales were killed by a partner or ex. 

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