VOTE: New scheme in Warrington allows people to find out if partner has violent past

Nigel Wenham

Nigel Wenham

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A NEW scheme has been launched in Warrington aimed at allowing people to find out if their partner has a violent past.

The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme - known as Clare’s Law - was launched by Cheshire Police on Saturday to coincide with International Women’s Day.

It means police can disclose details if someone has a history of domestic violence in a bid to prevent future victims.

Clare’s Law has been rolled out nationally, following pilots at four forces.

It was instigated following the murder of mum-of-one Clare Wood in Manchester in 2009.

The 36-year-old was strangled and set on fire by ex-boyfriend George Appleton, who had previously served three years in jail for harassing another woman.

An inquest ruled women should have the right to know about the abusive past of partners.

Det Chf Insp Nigel Wenham, from Cheshire Police, said: “Anyone, who has real concerns about their partner, can now make a request by calling Cheshire Police or by speaking to a police officer.

"If you are concerned about your partner, or your friend′s or relative′s partner, we have produced a guide to the process that will be available from local police stations.

"The guide explains how you can make an application, what we do and how information is disclosed under the scheme."

"The scheme really gives people the chance to have access to information that can help them to make an informed choice about their own safety.

“Ultimately, as police officers, we want to protect people from harm.

John Dwyer, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, said, "I am delighted that, following the pilot, ‘Clare′s Law′ is to be implemented nationally.

“The more that can be done to prevent people from becoming victims of domestic abuse the better."

Home Secretary Theresa May said: “Protection for victims is improving but sadly there are still too many cases where vulnerable people are let down.

“I am determined to see a society where violence against women and girls is not tolerated, where people speak out, and where no woman or girl has to suffer domestic abuse.”

What you need to know about Clare’s Law ‘Right to ask’

  •  Anyone can ask police about partner’s history of domestic violence. Information is only provided when deemed legally appropriate ‘Right to know’
  • Police can voluntarily disclose information in certain circumstances
  • Disclosures under the scheme are supposed to be confidential, and should not be shared anywhere else unless police, or the person providing the information, agrees.
  • Pilots took place in Gwent, Wiltshire, Greater Manchester and Nottinghamshire.

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