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 www.hampshire.police.uk/domestic-abuse

Reporter: emilyp@iwcpmail.co.uk

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