Saturday sees the national rollout of Clare’s Law – the scheme which allows members of the public to make enquiries to the police about an individual who they are in a relationship with, or who is in a relationship with someone they know, where there is a concern that the individual may be violent towards their partner.
The national launch coincides with International Women’s Day, and Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd has expressed his support for its extension on such an important day for recognising the continued advancement of women’s rights.
The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS), better known as Clare’s Law was first launched in Greater Manchester in September 2012 following the tragic case of Clare Wood who was murdered by her former partner in Salford in 2009. Her partner had three previous convictions. The scheme gives people the opportunity to apply for disclosure of an individual they are in a relationship with, or in a relationship with someone they know. Since its inception, over 100 people throughout Greater Manchester have applied for a disclosure on what police describe as a “right to know” basis.
“International Women’s Day marks an opportunity for everyone to celebrate the achievements of women and recognise their right to live happily and without fear.”
“Since its introduction in September 2012, Clare’s Law has made a tangible difference to the lives of women throughout Greater Manchester. The extension of the scheme on a national level should be regarded as a significant advancement for the rights of women in the UK
“Locally, Greater Manchester Police is working closely with organisations such as Rape Crisis, Women’s Aid and Victim Support to ensure that women are able to feel safe in their own home. The national introduction of the scheme sends a clear message that violence in the home is not acceptable and we all need to work together to challenge those who think otherwise.
“Of course, Clare’s Law is not just aimed at women as many men suffer from domestic violence in silence. Support is there for all victims – men and women, adults and children, gay and straight, rich and poor.” Tony Lloyd
More information on the scheme and how it can help to protect vulnerable individuals is available to view on the Greater Manchester Police website.