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



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by Mike Crowe

8th April 2014, at 08:26:26

Two or three things strike me here, first what a wonderful scheme, but I wonder if it can be disclosed as to what the Male/Female ratio is, we 'assume' the male partner to be the violent one and the 'image' is after too much beer.

But, what a brave thing to do. Break off a relationship which might be all sweetness on top but the possibility of violence underneath!! ""Sorry, I am packing you up because I might get beat up by you later""

I wonder if anyone who has turned to violence is brave enough to come on here and explain why they do it.

Mystified .......

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