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A campaigning father from West Yorkshire has finally won a change in the law in memory of his murdered daughter. Michael Brown's daughter, Clare, was killed by a former boyfriend who had a violent past that she knew nothing about. He then took his own life.
Today the Goverment said a pilot scheme of what's being called Clare's Law will be rolled out across the country. It gives people the right to check their partners past with the police. Tina Gelder reports.
Step One: Initial contact - police take details on what prompted an enquiry and the nature of a relationship before running initial checks and a risk assessment.
Step Two: Face to face meeting - to gather more information. Police may run checks with other agencies including the prison service, the probation and social services.
Step Three: Multi agency meeting - police meet other safeguarding agencies (such as the probation service, prison service, social services). They decide whether disclosure is lawful, necessary and proportionate to protect a person.
Step four: Potential disclosure - if checks show a record for abusive offences or disclosure would prevent further crime, the police may disclose information to protect a potential victim.
Over 300 applications for information about a potentially violent boyfriend or girlfriend were made to police using Clare's Law, it has emerged.
The right to ask scheme was piloted in Greater Manchester, Wiltshire, Nottinghamshire and Gwent, over a 14 month period starting in the summer of last year.
During that time:
- There were 386 applications for information.
- Police made 111 disclosures - a 29% disclosure rate.
Theresa May has said Clare's Law will provide people with the information they need to escape abusive situations before it "ends in tragedy".
The pilot scheme, named after Clare Wood who was strangled and set on fire by her boyfriend, will allow women to check police records to see if a partner has a violent background.
The Home Secretary revealed that 88 women were killed by a violent partner or ex-partner last year, and said there was "considerable confusion" about when or if police can share information on someone's violent past with the public.
"Domestic abuse shatters lives - Clare's Law provides people with the information they need to escape an abusive situation before it ends in tragedy," she told The Sun.
"The national scheme will ensure that more people can make informed decisions about their relationship and escape if necessary. This is an important step towards ensuring we do better by women like Clare Wood in the future."
The father of murder victim Clare Wood, says he believes his daughter would be proud of what he has done. Michael Brown has campaigned for people to be able to find out whether their partner has a violent or abuse past. Today Clare's Law is being rolled out across the country.
The father of murder victim Clare Wood, says he's "elated" that women nationwide will be able to check their partner's criminal history.
"Clare's Law" is being rolled out nationwide. Since his daughter's death, Michael Brown has campaigned for greater protection for those at risk of domestic abuse.
A law created after a woman from Dewsbury was killed by her ex-boyfriend will be rolled out nationally today.
Clare's Law allows people to find out whether their partner has a violent or abusive past. Clare Wood was raped and strangled before she was set on fire in 2009.