News – Domestic abusers to be added to violent and sex offender register in new crackdown – HS Suella Braverman

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Announcing the reforms, Home Secretary Suella Braverman says domestic violence is “completely unacceptable” and causes “torment, pain, fear, and anxiety”.

The most dangerous domestic abusers will be recorded on the violent and sex offender register under new proposals aimed at better protecting the public. Around 2.4 million people in England and Wales experienced domestic abuse in the last year, with around one in five homicides related to it, according to the Home Office.

Starting immediately, anyone jailed for 12 months or more for coercive control, including suspended sentences, will be placed on the violent and sex offender register. This means they will have to tell police their name, any aliases and any addresses they stay at for more than a week. They will also have to inform police about any travel overseas, bank details and whether they stay in a household with a child for more than 12 hours.

Police will also be told they must treat violence against women and girls as seriously as terrorism and similar crimes. Home Secretary Suella Braverman said: “Domestic abuse is a despicable crime that leads to people’s closest relationships becoming a frightening existence of torment, pain, fear, and anxiety.

“It is completely unacceptable and as home secretary I will do everything in my power to stop it.” Under the plans, the worst abusers would also be electronically tagged and made to attend behaviour change programmes. The Home Office will develop a new digital tool to help police identify likely perpetrators, even those without convictions.

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