A scheme which enables people to check the police record of their partners has been launched in Derbyshire.
Clare’s Law which came into action on Monday 3rd March has been launched this week as part of a national focus on domestic abuse from 4th March to 8th March. The scheme, which is to be rolled out nationally, is named after Clare Wood, who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend George Appleton in Salford in 2009 – Clare had been unaware of his previous history of violence against women.
The scheme works in two ways:
A right to ask: This is where information is disclosed following a request from a member of the public.
A right to know: This is where police make a decision to disclose details when they receive information to suggest a person could be at risk.
Those wishing to request a disclosure of information on a partner can do so by calling the non-emergency number 101, speaking to a police officer or visiting a local police station. Speaking about the national adoption of this new system, Detective Superintendent Andy Stokes, Head of Public Protection said: “This is a national scheme that we hope will provide people with the information they need to make informed decisions about their relationships and to take relevant action.
“When dealing with domestic violence it is crucial that police and other agencies are made aware and can provide early intervention to help the victims.”
Alan Charles, Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire, said that, “when it comes to domestic violence, ignorance is definitely not bliss, it’s downright dangerous” and that “this law will help people to make an informed decision, based on known facts, about their relationship which will in turn save people from harm.”
Further information and useful phone numbers can be found on the Derbyshire Constabulary website www.derbyshire.police.uk. If you wish to report an incident to the police and it’s not an emergency situation ring 101. Always ring 999 in an emergency.