Clare's law rolled out to 'make women safer'

A law which allows people to find out if their partners have a history of domestic violence will go live across the Northumbria force area from today.

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Clare's Law: Victim speaks about years of abuse

As Clare's Law is rolled out across the Northumbria Police force area, one anonymous woman has been speaking to ITV News Tyne Tees about how she was abused for years.

Under the new law, people can find out from police whether or not their partners have a history of domestic violence. It's named after Clare Wood, who was strangled by her partner, despite asking for help.

"I had three relationships and all of them have been abusive. The last one was one of the worst. He raped me and had me sexually assaulted by two other people. I was locked in the house. Friends were putting cigarettes through the letterbox for us. I had no money of my own. Nothing, he took over my life...I got dragged round the house by my hair. You get put down all the time. You get told: 'You're useless, you're fat, you're ugly'. Nothing you do is right and everything you do is wrong."

– Anonymous victim

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