Exactly a year since the trial began in Greater Manchester of Clare's Law, questions are being asked about exactly how effective it is. The scheme gives people the right to ask police if their partner has a history of violence.
A scheme named 'Clare's Law' which allows people to check if their partner has a violent past will continue in Greater Manchester. It was piloted in the area a year ago.
It allows people to ask police if their partner, partner of a loved one or friend, has a history of domestic abuse.
It also gives police and other local agencies the power to disclose such a history where they fear someone may be at risk
Clare, from Salford, was tragically murdered by her former partner George Appleton in 2009. She knew nothing of his violent past.
– Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable, Sir Peter Fahy
I am pleased that this scheme has received the success that it has had so far. To know that there are 126 people who are better informed now thanks to it highlight its benefits to the wider public.
“All too often victims, families and friends suffer devastating consequences and schemes such as this are a welcome to us all in protecting victims and preventing further crime.
Clare’s Law can be used by anyone concerned over a partner’s abusive behaviour or those concerned about a friend or family member in a relationship and at risk of violence by their partner.