22nd Oct, 2017

Using Clare's Law to check your partner's violent past

Coventry Editorial 5th Jan, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

FIVE people from Solihull – and total of 58 from the greater region – have contacted West Midlands Police in the last six months to see whether their partner has a history of domestic violence.

The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme, also known as Clare’s Law, was launched in the county back in March.

And recently released figures revealed how many people have been in touch since then concerned about their partner’s past.

The West Midlands figure of 58 is considerably lower than in neighbouring force Warwickshire which saw over 100 people contacting the local force over the same period from March to September.

Clare’s Law gives people the ‘right to ask’ police whether a new or existing partner has a history of violence while parents can also make a request on behalf of their daughter or son.

It is named after Clare Wood, who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend George Appleton at her Salford home in 2009. She was unaware of his history of violence against women.

If records show someone may be at risk of domestic violence police will consider sharing the information – if it is legal and considered necessary.

Police can also use the law to share information with an individual in order to protect them from becoming a victim of domestic abuse and organisations can also apply if they believe someone is at risk.

People can also make a request for information by visiting a police station or calling 101.

The West Midlands breakdown of Clare’s Law requests:

* Coventry (CV) 5

* Solihull (SH) 5

* Wolverhampton (WV) 9

* Birmingham East (BE) 8

* Birmingham South (BS) 8

* Dudley (DY) 8

* Sandwell (SW) 6

* Walsall (WS) 5

* Birmingham North (BN) 3

* Birmingham West and Central (BW) 1

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