VICTIMS are calling for domestic violence perpetrators to be added to the sex offenders register, following the release from prison of serial abuser Jamie Weatherby.

The demand has been made after two Worcestershire victims of domestic violence spoke out about their abuse at the hands of Weatherby.

Weatherby, aged 28, who has multiple convictions for beating women, was released from prison last month.

He was convicted of beating two of his ex-girlfriends in April and has a previous conviction for assaulting another former partner from 2015.

It can now be revealed that Weatherby, previously of Wychbold, near Droitwich, was also convicted for further assaults in 2011 and 2012.

Currently, the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS), often called ‘Clare’s Law’ after the landmark case that led to it, gives any member of the public the right to ask the police if their partner may pose a risk to them.

A member of the public can also make enquiries into the partner of a close friend or family member.

Charlie Faulkner, one of Jamie Weatherby's victims, has now joined forces with national campaigner Zoe Dronfield to demand a change in the system.

Ms Dronfield, who started campaigning after she was viciously assaulted by Jason Smith, said: "Serial abusers would have to tell police if they changed their name, moved address or got a new partner if there was a register.

"It would mean that if someone had been prolific on online dating, the judge could say in an order that they are no longer allowed on dating sites.

"It would create mandatory action on the police's behalf. Clare's Law puts the onus on the victim to do a disclosure."

Ms Dronfield called on politicians to add domestic violence perpetrators to the existing Violent and Sexual Offenders Register.

Miss Faulkner, aged 24, from Redditch, added: "Not everyone knows about Clare's Law and it's not that easy to get one [a disclosure].

"After I split up with Jamie and got with my now ex-partner, I had to tell police he was planning on living with me just so I could get one.

"I think I waited about three or four weeks before I got Clare's Law back. I had to wait for an officer to come out to my house to tell me what was on my ex's [record].

"Anything could happen in those weeks."

The mother-of two said the register would enable police to warn potential victims about their partner's past.

She also thinks that offenders should have to update the authorities when they enter a new relationship, similar to rules for paedophiles.

Robin Walker, Worcester's MP, said: “The serial abuse case that the Worcester News has highlighted has understandably shocked people in Worcester, and I share their abhorrence of this individual’s crimes.

"I understand why a register is an appealing idea, but it is the case that those convicted of domestic abuse related offences and stalking offences are already captured on the Police National Computer.

"Where appropriate, they will also be captured on other systems such as on the Dangerous Persons’ Database, also known as the Violent and Sexual Offenders Register.

“The Domestic Abuse Bill is one of the centrepieces of the government’s policy agenda, and the Prime Minister has spoken passionately about her commitment to putting an end to this abhorrent crime for good.

"An open consultation on the bill was held this year, with submissions welcomed from victims and professionals in the field of domestic abuse on how best to promote awareness and protect victims.

“The government is currently considering all the evidence that was submitted, but I would be happy to meet with any constituents who would like the opportunity to discuss how we can further strengthen provisions in the bill."

West Mercia Police Detective Chief Inspector Rik Klair, who focuses on vulnerability, said domestic violence was a priority for the force.

He said: "We are currently in the final stages of developing a pilot programme to help tackle the root cause of domestic violence, the perpetrators.

"The Drive programme will be piloted throughout Worcestershire and is scheduled to launch in December.

"It is perpetrator focused, where we will be using professional judgement and analytical tools to identify our local high risk perpetrators of domestic violence and, once identified, offering them support to enable them to help to change their offending behaviour and to help prevent future victims.

"Too many women and men continue to suffer domestic violence and abuse and it is vital that all possible steps are taken to protect them and provide them with the information they need to make an informed decision.

"I would encourage anyone who has any concerns or is a victim themselves of domestic abuse to contact their local police station so we can help.

"No one should ever have to suffer in silence.”

In 2011, Weatherby was ordered to attend an integrated domestic abuse programme and received a nine-month suspended sentence for assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

In 2012, he was imprisoned for breaching his suspended sentence by committing further assaults and was also given a restraining order.

Weatherby was also jailed for 12 months for dangerous driving at Worcester Crown Court on June 1 this year.

Weatherby was unavailable for comment when contacted by the Worcester News.