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16 users for Clare's Law
1:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014 in News
A NEW law is helping people find out about their partner’s past.
Clare’s Law was developed following the death of Clare Wood, who was murdered by her former boyfriend in Salford in 2009.
It means that those concerned about being at risk of domestic abuse can now ask the police for information that could help save lives.
Also known as the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme, it gives the public a formal way of requesting information about a partner’s past.
If they have a history of violence, the police can disclose information in order to protect people at risk.
Since it went live last month, Hampshire Constabulary has received 16 requests for information. So far, that has resulted in the police making five disclosures.
In a further three cases potential victims chose not to continue with the relationship after meeting with police.
Superintendent Ben Snuggs is Hampshire Constabulary’s lead on domestic abuse.
He said: “At the heart of the scheme is our commitment to improving our ability to identify and protect people who are most vulnerable to a significant risk of domestic abuse.
“In doing so, we are then able to work with our partners to ensure that person is protected from any further abuse, prevent crime and reduce reoffending.
“By disclosing information, the scheme aims to give people at risk, their friends, family or carers, for example, the ability to make an informed choice on whether to continue the relationship and provide support, whatever the decision.
“Domestic abuse happens in all walks of life, to both men and women in same-sex as well as opposite-sex relationships.
“It can often remain hidden, with victims suffering abuse on average 35 times before they speak out.”
Under the scheme, anyone with a specific concern can request the information.
This includes potential victims themselves or a friend, relative, loved one, carer or neighbour.
There is more information about domestic abuse and the disclosure scheme on the Hampshire Constabulary website: hampshire.police.uk/domestic-abuse.
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