Broadly asked every UK police force how many women were killed in the last three years by the partners, exes, or stalkers they’d already reported to the authorities.
Campaigners like Dronfield argue that a Stalkers Register would have helped to protect many of the 55 women identified by our data. Under the proposals, those with multiple convictions for stalking and domestic abuse would be tracked and monitored by police in a private database, and future partners warned of their history of violent offending.
According to one recent study, 94 percent of female homicide victims are stalked prior to being killed. Abusive behavior commonly escalates over time, meaning that key warning signs would be evident to police and authorities if serial perpetrators were being tracked and monitored. The report’s authors identify common markers of homicidal intentions, including threats of suicide, threats to kill, isolation of the victim, and strangulation assaults.