'Clare's Law' set to make women safer across the UK

Clare Wood was strangled and set on fire by her abusive ex-boyfriend.
Clare Wood was strangled and set on fire by her abusive ex-boyfriend. Credit: ITV Granada

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.

Four police forces successfully piloted "Clare's Law", which allows concerned men and women the right to ask police if their partner has a history of domestic violence.

Forces in Gwent, Wiltshire, Greater Manchester and Nottinghamshire have been running the scheme since the summer last year and ministers are today expected to tell Parliament that it should be extended.

The law is named after Clare Wood, who was strangled and set on fire in 2009 by her boyfriend, George Appleton, who had a history of violence against women.

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Domestic violence law widens

'Clare's Law', which aims to protect women from domestic violence, is to be rolled out nationwide after a successful pilot in four parts of the country, the Government will announce today.