“It is simply an expansion of conditions that are already in place but places the onus on the perpetrator rather than the victim.”
She said the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme, or Clare’s Law, was dependent on an individual asking about an offender’s history but that this would ensure offenders were tracked by the police as a matter of course.
In another recommendation, the Committee urged the Government to consult on introducing paid “domestic abuse leave” to help victims keep their jobs and maintain economic independence while escaping abuse.
The report flagged up a “desperate shortage” of refuge accommodation and raised concerns that welfare reform policies are making it more difficult for victims to leave their abusers.
It also said that while evidence indicates the police response to victims of domestic abuse is improving, there continue to be instances where it is “inadequate”.
The findings were set out in a wide-ranging assessment of the Government’s strategy for tackling domestic abuse.