Domestic abusers and stalkers should sign national register like sex offenders, commons report says

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Domestic abusers and stalkers should be forced to sign a national register like sex offenders, a cross-party parliamentary report has said.

They should be monitored under the same arrangements as rapists and paedophiles, giving greater protection to victims who live in fear of their tormentors.

The Commons Home Affairs Committee backed calls for a register of serial stalkers and domestic violence perpetrators to be introduced “as a matter of urgency”.

The perpetrators would have to register with the police within 72 hours of being convicted or cautioned and have to notify officers if they intend to move house or travel abroad.

Under the proposals, individuals on the register would be managed through multi-agency public protection arrangements (Mappa), the system used to manage the risks posed by violent and sexual offenders living in the community.

The report says: “Stalking is a serious crime which can have a devastating impact on the lives of victims.

“Victims of stalking often endure years of abuse before the crime is taken seriously. We were told that existing criminal justice responses were often ineffective in stopping perpetrators.”

Calls for a register have been led by Paladin National Stalking Advocacy Service, which told the committee in a written submission: “A radical cultural shift is needed as current police practice is dire and not working.

“The register will save lives and money.”

Laura Richards, founder of Paladin, said it would involve those who have been convicted and those who have offended on two occasions against two separate women.

She welcomed the committee’s support but told the Telegraph that it was now time for the government to act.

“It makes sense that the perpetrators of domestic abuse and stalking should be included in the same framework that is already in place for sex offenders,” she said.

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