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The father of a woman murdered by her boyfriend is pleased to hear about a new scheme that will enable people to check police records of their partners.
'Clare's Law' was trialled in Nottingham and is now going to be expanded across the country.
The law is named after Clare Wood, who died in 2009.
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."
A law enabling people to check the police records of their partners - which was trialled in Nottingham - is to be used across the country.
Clare's Law was named after Clare Wood, who was murdered by her boyfriend in 2009 and unaware of her partner's violent past.