Clare’s Law to allow people to check partner’s police record

The government hopes Clare's Law will provide people with the information they need to escape an abusive situation before it ends in tragedy (A. R, Flickr)

The government hopes Clare’s Law will provide people with the information they need to escape an abusive situation before it ends in tragedy (A. R, Flickr)

Broadcast on 25rd Nov 2013 on VoR

People in England and Wales will soon be able to check police records to see if their partner has a history of domestic violence.

‘Clare’s Law’, named after 36-year-old Clare Wood, who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in 2009, is expected to come into force in March 2014 following a year-long pilot in several parts of Britain.

Nima Green reports for VoR.

Wood, a mother-of-one, had met George Appleton on Facebook and was unaware of his history of violence against women, including the kidnapping of another girlfriend at knifepoint.

He strangled Wood and set her body on fire before hanging himself.

Home Secretary Theresa May said 88 British women had been killed by a violent partner or ex-partner last year, and that there was “considerable confusion” about whether police could share information on someone’s violent past with the public.

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