Jason Smith had a history of abusive behaviour with other women before he met Zoe Dronfield.
They met online and they seemed to have a lot on common.
Smith did not tell Zoe about his history and neither did West Midlands Police, despite Zoe reporting Smith multiple times for abusive behaviour towards her.
When Zoe ended the relationship with Smith, he escalated his behaviour and tried to kill her.
Zoe was victim number 16.
If Zoe had known about Smith’s history of offending she may have made different decisions – at least she would have had vital information to make an informed decision.
There should be a duty on the police to proactively identify serial stalkers and domestic abuse offenders.
These are the most dangerous of offenders and police have consistently failed to take domestic abuse an stalking seriously.
Women’s safety and protection is not a priority. Victims are still not being believed or taking seriously.
We must ensure culture change happens and the police investigated the perpetrators, just like they would a terrorist, organised criminal and/or serial robber or burglar.
All Smith’s history was within West Midlands Police service, but no-one checked the databases and she was told to find herself a new boyfriend when she reported him for domestic abuse and stalking.
Mother-of-two Zoe spent weeks in hospital recovering from bleeding to the brain, a stab wound to her neck and a broken right arm inflicted during an eight-hour ordeal at the hands of Smith, who was subsequently jailed for 10 years, with a further four on licence, in March 2015
There is currently no duty on police and probation to proactively identify, assess and manage serial domestic violence abusers and stalkers despite the fact that many go from one victim to the next and cause harm to so many.
Some escalate to murder like Smith and Simon Mellors who didn’t kill once. Mellors killed two women, Janet Scott and Pearl Black. Agencies apologise and say they will ‘learn the lessons’. They have been saying this for decades yet nothing changes. It is still now a priority, despite highlighting case after case where women are murdered.
We must focus on the perpetrators, those who commit the harm, and who are currently allowed to offend with impunity.
There must be a real world consequence for their abusive behaviour.
The draft Domestic Abuse Bill presents an opportunity to create real change. However, currently stalking and serial perpetrators are not even included. We have to change this.
They are the most dangerous of offenders, with a supercharged sense of entitlement and high levels of manipulation. Some are psychopaths.
Their behaviour should be monitored and managed, forcing them to take responsibility for their actions. This will shift the culture from focusing on and blaming the victim to focusing on the perpetrator and closing down their space for action.
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