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Priti Patel prepares to announce national register of domestic abusers

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  • It will be announced by Home Secretary Priti Patel this week as part of other plans
  • This decision will involve the creation of the first national registry of domestic abusers
  • Whitehall insiders say it will mirror the existing system that registers 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 this week by Home Secretary Priti Patel as part of plans to tackle the growing problem of domestic violence.

This will involve creating the first national register of perpetrators of domestic violence.

Whitehall insiders told The Sunday Times the proposal will mirror the existing system which registers the details of sex offenders.

The move will be announced by Home Secretary Priti Patel, pictured this week as part of 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 of their offenses at key “crossing points” in their relationship.

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

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

The police can also already alert women if they believe their safety is being threatened by their boyfriends or husbands.

This will involve the creation 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 of how criminal justice agencies share information about the risk a convict poses.

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

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

The latest figures show reports of domestic violence by police increased by 6% to 798,607 in the year to March 2021, while the previous year almost half of adult women victims of homicide in England and Wales have been killed by a partner or ex.

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