Today I asked the Minister to challenge the behaviours of high-harm perpetrators of domestic abuse, following the conviction of Theodore Johnson, who has killed three women over the last four decades.
Coincidentally, the South Wales Evening Post printed the following statistics about domestic violence conviction rates:
Johnson was convicted of the manslaughter of wife Yvonne Johnson in 1981 then again the manslaughter of Yvonne Bennett in 1992 who he strangled while their baby slept. Johnson was once again freed and killed his third victim, Angela Best, in 2016.
Only 1% of perpetrators get a specialist intervention that might prevent future abusive behaviour and as a result there is a high level of repeat victimisation. For this reason, I have asked the Government to look at programmes such as Drive, to prevent perpetrators like Theodore Johnson being able to continue their abusive ways.