Domestic abuse offenders who have served a prison sentence will be tagged with a GPS tracking device in London under new a pilot project. Up to 200 perpetrators of abuse-related offences, such as stalking, harassment, physical abuse, sexual abuse and coercive control will be fitted with the devices from Tuesday as part of their release conditions. The pilot, which is running across every London borough as part of a programme announced by the London mayor’s office, has been launched in collaboration with probation services after consultation with the Violence Against Women and Girls initiative.
Katie Nash, head of public protection for the National Probation Service (London division), said the pilot would provide an opportunity to use technology to improve the management of the risk posed to past, current and future partners and children. “The GPS tags will be an integral part of risk management plans as they enable us to monitor compliance with licence conditions to improve victim safety,” she said.