Domestic Abusers Register

MPs urged to support Assembly push for a Domestic Abusers Register

24 October 2017

All 73 London MPs received a cross party letter from the London Assembly today, to enlist their support for a Domestic Abusers Register.

Last year, there were almost 150,000 incidents of domestic abuse in London alone.[1] Four in ten survivors of domestic abuse are repeat victims.

In September 2017, Assembly Members unanimously supported a motion [2] to seek legislative change to allow for the establishment of a register of domestic abuse offenders. The Assembly recommends that the system could work in the same way as the sex offenders’ register, allowing police to hold information on perpetrators in order to better protect survivors.

This followed the murder in Catford of a five-year old boy, Alex Malcom. Marvyn Iheanacho was the partner of Alex’s mother, Lilya Breha. Ms Breha had no knowledge that Iheanacho had an extensive history of violence, including attacks on five previous partners. No information was disclosed by the police under the ‘Right to Know’ element of Clare’s Law.

Spokesperson for the London Assembly campaign, Len Duvall AM said;

“The fact that all parties on the London Assembly support the call for a Domestic Abusers Register is evidence of the urgency for a change in legislation. We can’t let horrific events continue to happen and we can’t let repeat offenders continue to get away with, what is sometimes, murder.

We need to support our police officers to be pro-active on domestic violence, as reactive policing is often too late. The onus now needs to be on the offender.

This is the first time the London Assembly has embarked on a cross-party campaign and I’m proud that we have all written to our London MP’s to seek their backing.  This issue is above politics and it’s up to government to get cracking on this now – we need legislation to change and we need it to happen fast.”

Notes to editors

  1. Domestic incidents in London – Borough breakdown below.
  2. Time to introduce a Domestic Abuse register, says Assembly – unanimous motion
  3. Len Duvall AM is available for interview – see contact details below.
  4. Read the report from Len Duvall AM - Domestic abuse in London: Addressing the problem
  5. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a   check and a balance on the Mayor.

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