A law which allows people to check if their partner has a history of violence will be extended to cover the whole of England and Wales from March 2014. Clare’s Law has been piloted in Greater Manchester, Wiltshire, Nottinghamshire and Gwent since September 2012 and is named after Clare Wood, who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend at her Salford home in February 2009. Clare was unaware of her boyfriend's history of violence against women.
But is Clare’s Law the way to stop violence against women? Have you ever been involved in a violent relationship? Would you have benefitted from Clare’s Law being in place? Would you ever check up on a potential partner before embarking on a relationship with them? Or do you think that the law will do little to protect victims?
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