Three use Clare's Law against domestic abuse

By Emily Pearce

Tuesday, April 8, 2014


THREE Hampshire and Isle of Wight residents have ended potentially abusive relationships after discovering their partner's violent past.

Following last month's introduction of Clare's Law — otherwise known as the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme, which enables people to find out if their partner has a history of abuse — Hampshire Constabulary has received 16 requests for information.

It has made five disclosures and three people decided not to continue with their relationship as a result.

Clare's Law was introduced following the death of Salford woman Clare Wood, who was murdered by her former boyfriend five years ago.

It enables police to disclose information about people with a history of violence to their partners, friends, relatives or neighbours.

Hampshire Constabulary's lead on domestic abuse Supt Ben Snuggs 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.

"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."

For further information about the scheme, visit



Log-in or register to comment on this story. See our House Rules here.

By ticking "Remember me" you agree to a cookie being stored on your computer - no personal data is shared.

Forgotten your password?

Any views or opinions presented in the comments above are solely those of the author and do not represent those of the Isle of Wight County Press.

Most Read

  1. Indecent exposure arrest

    Monday, September 1, 2014

  2. Woman in court over drain cleaner attack

    Monday, September 1, 2014

  3. Overcrowding not a problem at HMP Isle of Wight, according to MoJ

    Sunday, August 31, 2014

  4. World record judges head to Bestival

    Monday, September 1, 2014

  5. Tractor involved in crash

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

View our Elgin Traffic & Travel Map