Man must inform police of any new girlfriends
April 5, 2017 3 comments
A London man must inform the Police if he gets a new girlfriend following his history of domestic violence.
He is thought to be the first person in England and Wales to be subject to such an order under the government’s domestic violence disclosure scheme. This means that for the next seven years, he must tell the Police if he is in a relationship for any longer than 14 days. Authorities will also be able to reveal his violent past to any new partners he may have in those years.
DI Jane Topping is a member of the Hackney community safety unit. She said this seven-year order provides “a new way of protecting victims of domestic abuse and prevents other women from suffering at the hands of people like [this man]”.
One of his victims was “subjected to a horrendous ordeal by him following a sustained campaign of domestic violence” Topping explained. She hoped the woman would feel safer now that her abuser is “behind bars and will be subject to closer scrutiny”.
On top of the seven-year criminal behaviour order, the perpetrator is currently serving a three-year prison sentence. He was found guilty of actual bodily harm, perverting the course of justice and witness intimidation. The man had throttled his former partner and banged head against the floor. He continued to intimidate her when he was out on bail. During this time he also attacked another woman he had been in a relationship with, a north London court heard.
Recent figures have revealed that while reports of domestic violence have increased, the number of those which lead to charge has actually fallen. Across 18 police forces in England and Wales, domestic abuse charges fell from 60,700 in 2015 to just 54,800 last year. The biggest local decrease occurred in Manchester where there were 25 per cent fewer charges made in 2016 than the previous year.
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April 5, 2017
Categories: Family Law