Domestic abusers register

MQT on 2017-11-16
Session date: 
November 16, 2017
Question By: 
Len Duvall
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What insight has the Mayor gained from his consultation with survivors and partner organisations as part of the violence against women and girls strategy on the merits of a domestic abusers register?


Answer for Domestic abusers register

Answer for Domestic abusers register

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Thank you for this question, Assembly Member Duvall.  It is not the first time you have raised this important issue with me at a Mayor’s Question TimeThe refreshed violence against women and girls (VAWG) strategy contains commitments to work with the MPS to improve our current response to domestic abuse.  In order to mandate the change needed for a domestic abusers register we would need to seek primary legislation changes.  Having undertaken important consultation with survivors and partner organisations, I can confirm I am happy to join your call to amend the law to create a register of domestic abusers so that offenders can be tracked and monitored and women are protected from dangerous perpetrators.  I am keen for this to sit as part of the wider lobbying points contained within the VAWG strategy and can I just add this, I feel very strongly that more offenders should be tracked and monitored as part of our on-going work around perpetrators however this will require more resources and if central government are serious about any domestic abuse they should provide the MPS with the funding they need to do this.



Len Duvall AM:  Thank you very much, Mr Mayor, and on behalf, I think I can say of all the Assembly and all the political parties on the Assembly, thank you for your support.  Can I just ask one more question.  In 2009 the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) - it is now been reconstituted - conducted a piece of research suggesting that actually there are some very good value for money reasons why you would introduce a domestic abuse register in terms of repeat offenders, both protecting victims along with their children, and I just wondered whether MOPAC would consider doing a very similar exercise for London and justifying some of that work or if you could talk to other police and crime commissioners to say should we not do this.  It may well be that we ask the new reconstituted ACPO to consider doing it and doing it on their value for money exercises, but they worked out that, at that time in 2009, that if there were just 357 potential victims that were prevented in a three-year period this would suggest a policing break even issue with an introduction of an abuse register and that just makes sense in terms of managing risk as well as protecting, as I said, victims and children.




Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  Can I say, Chair, that is on top of the fact that fewer people will suffer the misery, less victims of crime and the savings that you are talking about.  What I suggest, Chair, is because there are some issues around the cause and effects of it and the impacts on the National Probation Service and the London Community Rehabilitation Company.  Can I suggest, Chair, subject to permission from you, that my Deputy for Policing and Crime, Sophie Linden, meets with Len Duvall AM, who’s leading on this, in the next three or four weeks to discuss how we move forward in relation to this piece of work?  Because I actually think this piece of work may be an incentive, one of -- sorry, an additional incentive for the Government to take action as has been suggested by the Assembly and supported by me.




Len Duvall AM:  Thank you.