Police to alert new partners of men accused of domestic violence
Police could warn women if their new partner has a history of domestic violence, under new Government proposals.
Men who are violent to women could be monitored in the same way as paedophiles, Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary, told the Observer. Police would be able to identify them and alert new partners about their violent past, in the hope of preventing serial abuse.
In addition, police would have greater powers to prosecute men who are violent to women. Men accused of domestic abuse could be banned from the family home for two weeks while the woman decides whether to press charges.
The Government has announced a review to look at the proposals, led by Brian Moore, chief constable of Wiltshire and spokesman on domestic violence for the Association of Chief Police Officers.
This follows research by the Government which revealed that one in five Britons thinks it is acceptable for a man to slap his partner. In 2007, 104 British women died in domestic attacks, according to a report in the Mail.
Last week, the R’n’B star, Chris Brown, was charged with assault after an alleged attack on his partner, the singer Rihanna.