Police want domestic violence register

Police chiefs have proposed a domestic violence register to track an estimated 25,000 men in England and Wales who move from one relationship to another after serially abusing their partners.

The Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) is also pressing for the creation of a “course of conduct” offence that would enable prosecutions to be brought against serial offenders even if the evidence is insufficient in each individual case. The police say a register of serial abusers would enable new partners and others at risk of violence to be told of a man’s history. Controversially, this could include information short of convictions, including a pattern of unproven allegations by different women.

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