Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Violence in London Homes 'Kills 30 a Year'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Violence in London Homes 'Kills 30 a Year'

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Byline: HUGH MUIR

DOMESTIC violence is now responsible for 30 murders in London each year, according to research commissioned by Ken Livingstone.

Amid concern that attacks in the home account for more than a quarter of all violent crime reported to the police, the Mayor is backing calls for persistent abusers to be electronically tagged.

Mr Livingstone also plans to lobby for a change in the law to allow domestic violence to be considered an aggravating factor when dealing with sentencing, as is currently the case with racist crimes.

Research conducted for Mr Livingstone reveals that: One allegation of domestic violence is made to the police in Greater London every 12 minutes.

One third of all common assaults reported to the Met relate to domestic violence.

One in four women will experience domestic violence.

Ninety per cent of children are in the same or the next room when violence occurs. A third are injured trying to protect their mothers. …

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