A man who subjected two former partners to extreme domestic violence has become the first person in the country to be subject to a new ‘Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme’. The order means that Kylle Godfrey, 30, must tell the police about any new relationship lasting over two weeks. Crucially, police will be able to inform any future partners about his previous violence to women. The order will last for 7 years and breach of it could result in imprisonment.
This type of order, called a ‘Criminal Behaviour Order, is highly unusual, partly because it is so difficult to enforce. However, it is hoped that such orders will help protect women from suffering at the hands of repeat domestic abusers. DI Jane Topping of the Hackney Community Safety Unit said:
“This order gives us a new way of protecting victims of domestic abuse and prevents other women from suffering at the hands of people like Godfrey, and helps our efforts to tackle domestic violence”.
One of Godfrey’s victims, speaking to the BBC, said that the order ‘makes me feel more safe, and other women will be protected’. It is hoped that under the new scheme this type of order will become more common.