Revealed: Shocking rise of domestic abuse in London as report calls for offenders' register

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Domestic abuse cases across London have risen by 15 per cent in just two years, according to a new report.

The number of cases has increased from 62,546 in 2014 to 71,926 in 2016, now accounting for almost one in ten criminal offences in the capital.

London Assembly Labour group leader Len Duvall said there was an “alarming” rise despite recent legal crackdowns as he launched the Domestic Abuse In London report.

He argued domestic abusers should be put on a register as part of a “vital step change” to protect survivors.

With estimates that four in 10 survivors of domestic abuse are repeat victims, the report calls on the Government to introduce a register similar to that used for sex offenders. It claims this would allow the police to hold information on perpetrators and better protect survivors.

Offenders would need to give police their personal details and to update them with any changes.

Domestic violence protection orders were among a raft of measures which were introduced in 2014. They ban domestic abusers from returning to a residence and having contact with the victim for 28 days.

Current measures also include criminal behaviour orders, which in addition to restraining orders can also be used to prevent people from contacting or approaching their victims.

There is also the domestic violence disclosure scheme, which is also known as Clare’s Law.

It was named after victim Clare Wood, 36, who was murdered in 2009 by an ex-boyfriend who had a history of violence against women.

The scheme lets people find out from police if their partner has a history of domestic violence and is intended to provide information that could protect someone from being a victim of attack.

The Met Police is also trying to tackle domestic abuse through a drive called Operation Dauntless+ which involves the tracking of over 400 serial cross-border domestic abuse offenders.

Mr Duvall said: “We’re seeing domestic abuse increase at an alarming rate and we need to get serious about how we protect people from these vile acts.

“I recognise that the Government have improved the law to allow for tougher action against abusers, but the provision is too patchy and reoffending remains too high.

“It’s time to get tough. We need to send a clear message to anyone committing domestic abuse that the police have them on their radar.

“A register of domestic abusers could provide a vital step change in the way we prevent reoffending and protect Londoners from these devastating crimes.”

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