I am pleased to welcome the announcement by the Home Secretary of the roll out of Clare’s law across the UK from next March.
This follows a pilot scheme across Greater Manchester and three other areas. I welcomed the pilot scheme when it was announced last year and support measures that will help protect women from domestic abuse.
Clare’s Law is named after Clare Wood, who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend George Appleton at her Salford home in February 2009. This law aims to ensure women are protected from all forms of domestic abuse. The law means women (or their family or friends) will be able to check police records to see if their partner has a violent past.
Just over 80 women have used the legislation in its trail period this year in Manchester. An additional 146 third parties have requested information from the police. Of these inquires 81 have revealed some form of violent behaviour.
That is why this scheme is so important and why it is a fitting tribute to Clare and the campaigning by her family, particularly her dad Michael Brown.
If you know or suspect that one of your friends or family is in an abusive relationship you should contact the police on 101. The rules state that the disclosure of a person’s criminal history must be ‘lawful, necessary and proportionate’ .