A senior police officer today called for the naming and shaming of a vicious thug who attacked seven different girlfriends in just two years.He didn't stand up and name him himself, oh, no. He just 'called for it'...
But he has a bigger agenda:
The Chief Constable of Wiltshire Police, Brian Moore, wants to see the introduction of a domestic abuse register to identify yobs who beat their partners.Fantastic! Who'd administer it, I wonder..?
And what use would it be put to?
Citing the case of the offender who beat seven partners, Mr Moore said: 'Shouldn't the public have a right to know when such information is in our possession?Can't victim number eight do that by, well, being a bit more choosy who she sleeps with?
'Then victim number eight can ensure she is not a victim.'
I mean, unless this chap is moving from town to town, chances are good he's fishing in a local pool, so to speak. What are the odds that victims 2 - 7 didn't know anything about his history?
Maybe they simply thought it wouldn't happen to them.
And if Moore has his way, the police will be a lot busier in future:
Mr Moore, who did not name the offender, said that each police force should compile a list of the 'top 10' possible victims of domestic violence - and visit them every day to make sure they are safe if they are living with a known offender.Won't that leave them no time to do anything else? What about all the other sorts of cri...
The chief constable also said that police forces around the UK should focus less on robberies and thefts and target the estimated 25,000 serial domestic abusers in the UK.Well, that's going to go down well with the locals, isn't it?
"What's that, Mr Jones? A burglary in progress? Well, we would come out, but you see, we have these priorities. By the way, are you beating your wife?"
He said that he wanted to see domestic crime take priority over other crimes such as theft, adding: 'We have to cut some slack about chasing numbers around acquisitive crime.This man's insane. He actually believes he can 'crush' domestic violence. That's about as impossible as Save The Children's pledge to 'stop violence against children'.
'I am saying that we crush this thing (domestic violence) and if it is to the detriment of other things, then so be it - this is saving people's lives and saving them from untold misery.'
And the phrasing! If you want to 'save people', perhaps you should have taken up the priesthood?
Or, hey, maybe you should put on a mask and become a night-time vigilante, DV Man, perhaps?
Don't these people have a duty to maybe help themselves?
One officer from Kent Police said one of the main problems was that victims of domestic abuse often do not press charges against their attacker - leaving them free to attack their next partner and continue the cycle of violence.Looks like Moore has a lot of converts in his nick. Perhaps they could get tax-exempt stature like other religious cults...
He said: 'A lot of the calls we have to deal with are domestic violence incidents and more often than not charges are not supported by the victim or it is simply not reported to us.
'We need to make a stand to stop this cycle of violence among the men - and occasionally women - who think they can go from relationship to relationship abusing their partners.'