'Clare's Law' goes nationwide

A scheme which allows people to approach police to find out if their partner has a history of domestic abuse is to be rolled out nationwide, ministers are expected to say later today.

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Raiding houses to find domestic violence suspects

Police raiding a house in search of domestic violence suspects Credit: ITV

Police in Greater Manchester have raided dozens of houses, in a search for people suspected of domestic violence.

Officers began their raids before dawn this morning.

Police line up at the scene of the raids this morning Credit: ITV

It happened on the day 'Clare's Law' was rolled-out nationwide. The law allows women who fear their partner may have a history of abuse, to get a background check from police.

The scheme's named after Clare Wood, who was murdered by her boyfriend in Salford.

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How Clare's Law protects women from domestic abuse

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.

Clare Wood was strangled by her ex-boyfriend. Credit: PA

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.

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May: Clare's Law will prevent abuse ending in 'tragedy'

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.

Theresa May revealed that 88 women were killed by a violent partner or ex-partner last year Credit: PA Wire/Oli Scarff

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."

VIDEO: 'Clare's Law' has worked, says Home Office Minister

Home Office Minister, Norman Baker, says that 'Clare's Law' has succeeded in protecting vulnerable women.

The law is named after Clare Wood, who was murdered by her violent boyfriend in Salford.

The scheme allows those in fear of abuse, or who believe their partner's hiding a violent history, to ask police for a background check.

After a trial in Greater Manchester, women across the country will be able to seek such information from officers.

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'Clare's Law' to make women safer nationwide

Murder victim Clare Wood Credit: GMP

A pilot scheme to protect women from domestic violence by a partner will be extended nationwide.

Clare's Law was trialled in Greater Manchester, for 12 months from September 2012, to allow women to check police records to see if a partner has a violent past.

It was named after Clare Wood, who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend George Appleton at her home in Salford in 2009.

She had met Appleton on Facebook, unaware of his history of violence against women including repeated harassment, threats and the knifepoint kidnapping of another ex-girlfriend.

George Appleton killed Clare in 2009 Credit: GMP

Clare's father, Michael Brown, has campaigned for greater protection for vulnerable women since his daughter's death.

He has told ITV that he is "quietly elated" about the law's nationwide rollout. He believes that it will provide a "layer of armour" for those at risk of domestic violence.

Clare's father Michael Brown Credit: PA

Home Secretary Theresa May says 88 women were killed by a violent partner or ex-partner last year.

She said: "Domestic abuse shatters lives - Clare's Law provides people with the information they need to escape an abusive situation before it ends in tragedy.

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