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Croydon Council launches petition asking Government to place serial domestic abusers on a register

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THE council is petitioning the Government to place serial perpetrators of domestic abuse on a register.

It comes as part of the council's desire to become a White Ribbon Borough but also to campaign for change on a national level.

It hopes to attract 100,000 signatories to its Change.org petition which it hopes to present to the Home Office.

Councillor Mark Watson, cabinet member for safety and justice, said the home office was set to announce changes to make domestic abuse its own criminal offence.

Cllr Watson admitted his passion for tackling domestic abuse stemmed from an abusive relationship he was in around 20 years ago.

He said: "I was in an abusive relationship in my history and I do know how people get trapped in those relationships, people do stay in those and they don't realise who they were with.

"My abusive relationship is going back 20 years but there was violence and police were called on occasions. It is an issue that affects more people than you think."

Under a register, serial domestic abusers would be traceable in the same way as sex offenders already are and Cllr Watson said this is something the police are very supportive of.

"There are those who move from borough to borough or area to area and the police, although forces do share information, it is difficult to track them."

Croydon's Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Strategy for the next four years received cross-party backing at Monday's cabinet meeting, with council leader Tony Newman calling it an "extraordinary piece of work".

The council will put £4 million into the strategy over four years and will continue it's hard-hitting campaign tackling the subject after Christmas.

A stark poster with a female victim of domestic abuse and the tagline 'this was my boxing day' is to be rolled out across the borough after Christmas.

Cllr Watson said it was important the council tries to exert its influence on national issues where it can.

"Obviously we have been ambitious from the start and we'll clean up the borough and do all the things we should locally but we should also be able to champion causes and it is about taking a real leadership on these issues."

To sign the council's petition visit: www.change.org/p/the-right-honourable-theresa-may-mp-home-secretary-create-a-national-register-of-domestic-abuse-offenders

Croydon Council launches petition asking Government to place serial domestic abusers on a register


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