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Today on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women it has been announced that a scheme which allows people to find out if their Partner has a history of domestic violence will be rolled out accross England and Wales.
The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme has been piloted in Greater Manchester, Wiltshire, Nottinghamshire and Gwent for over a year. It is known as Clare’s Law in tribute to Claire Wood who was murdered by an ex-boyfriend with a history of violence against women. The aim of the scheme is to prevent tragedies such as Clare’s by giving people the right to apply to Police Forces for information about their Partners in relation to domestic violence.
The Pilot so far has generated 111 Disclosures. It is yet to be confirmed whether a similar law will be implemented in Scotland.
What are your thoughts on Clare’s Law? Comment Below.
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Can’t believe I haven’t heard of this being proposed in the U.S. Of course, it only helps if victims report the crimes, and many don’t. Still, it would be a step in the right direction to protect people (men, women, and children alike) from abusive idiots.
Kajsa Josephine said:
As long as the law works as it should, I like the idea, to prevent unfortunate events.
Nicole Haas Etolen said:
Wow, that is a law that every country should have. I hope it helps curb violence against women!
I hope so too 🙂
It’s strange we document sex offenders but not domestic violence offenders in the US.
I agree, it’s a crime and the people who could be at risk should be notified.
Stacie D. Wyatt (@sdwyatt) said:
I like the idea of knowing if the man, I am dating has a history of domestic abuse. My ex husband used to be emotionally and physically abusive at times. Nowadays, you can go online and find out about someone’s social media history and criminal history, but you can’t find out if they used to hit a woman, unless they was arrested.
I think it’s a good idea too. We have the right to know if someone has been violent with a previous partner before getting into a relationship with them so I’m glad this law is here so that now you can know before you have to find out for yourself. Hopefully similar laws will follow globally.
Thanks for sharing. Great cause.
Happy to 🙂
Lisa Dunham Trudell said:
It’s a good law in theory. I am in the US so am not familiar with the law. Of course, any law created to attempt to prevent future tragedies on the surface sounds like a good one. They could work as long as they are in the right scope.
Yeah I know what you mean, hopefully this law is a success and protects those who need to be protected.
Caroline Thomas said:
What a great cause! Thanks for sharing!
Thanks for reading 🙂
wow hopefully this will prevent future tragedies. I live in the USA so I am not too familiar with this law. We have some things in place where anyone can report someone for abuse, domestic other otherwise, but the enforcement bit of it is a bit gray.
Yeah hopefully it will help a lot with prevention and lots of people benefit from it 🙂
Masked Minds said:
This would be SO great. It is a must-have all around the world… and it should be extended to men as well… There is a lot of women and men getting abused and getting out of those relationship is usually really hard for them because of that “but I love him/her… He/she said he/she was sorry and he/she would never do it again!”. But then, when they finally get out of it, they won’t necesseraly signal it because they have history with them…
Yeah everyone should be able to do this, you should have a right to know if your partner is violent so you can remove yourself from danger if you have to x
Oh wow! I think that an amazing thing to do. I really wish we had a law like that in the US. Every women should have the right to know if she is getting in a relationship with some who has a violent past.
I agree, hopefully other countries will be inspired and do something similar x