Kent

Hundreds of Kent's serial domestic abusers listed

More than 400 people have been recorded as serial domestic abusers on a Kent Police database.

The 389 men and 36 women have been in contact with police over the abuse of two or more unrelated partners.

Officers said the database would allow them to identify adults and children at risk from repeat abusers.

They said about a fifth of all violent crime in Kent was related to domestic abuse and police in the county dealt with about 60 incidents each day.

The database will allow officers to identify those adults and children at risk from repeat abusers.

Det Supt Maria Shepherd said: "Once we've identified a serial perpetrator and he or she moves on to a new relationship, we can make a decision about whether we should let their new partner know about the offender's violent background."

A spokesman for Casa Support, which offers a domestic abuse support scheme, said: "It's critical the police keep track of these perpetrators and identify them to potential victims when it's appropriate and safe to do so.

"This course of action can help potential victims make informed choices for themselves and their families and gives perpetrators less opportunity to commit abuse."

The database is linked to the police national computer.

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