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Clare’s Law introduced

The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme – known as Clare’s Law – is intended to provide information that could protect someone from being a victim of attack.  It allows the police to disclose information about a partner’s record of violence on request.
The initiative is named after 36-year-old Clare Wood who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in 2009.
The scheme has been piloted in four areas since September 2012 and the Home Office say that more than 100 people have been provided with potentially life-saving information.   It allows anyone who is concerned that their partner may abuse to ask the police for details of his/her past convictions.
Kay Marriott, partner and family lawyer at Atherton Godfrey, said: “According to the organisation Refuge 77% of domestic violence cases are not reported to the police and so do not result in any action against the violent partner.
“This raises concerns that a person may gain a false sense of security by being told that his/her partner does not have any relevant criminal convictions when this does not necessarily mean that he/she has not been violent.”

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