Domestic abuse in the spotlight

The White Ribbon Day campaign led by men across the world is highlighting violence against women with a special candle-lit service taking place in Cardiff.

Clare's Law expanded on White Ribbon Day

Clare's Law, which enables women to check the police record of a new boyfriend is being expanded to cover all of Wales. The policy was piloted in Gwent and will be rolled out nationwide in March.

The announcement comes on White Ribbon Day where events are taking place across the country to raise awareness of domestic abuse and violence against women. Alexandra Lodge reports.

For information or advice on what to do if you are experiencing domestic abuse, visit Welsh Women's Aid or call the All Wales Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Helpline on 0808 80 10800.

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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.

Read: Domestic violence law widens

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'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.

Read more: Women make use of Clare's law

White Ribbon Day supporters march in Cardiff

Supporters started their march in Cathedral Road Credit: ITV News/Alexandra Lodge

Campaigners are marching from Cathedral Road in Cardiff to Llandaff Cathedral to show their support for White Ribbon Day.

Candles will be lit at the cathedral as part of the campaign raising awareness of domestic abuse.

The march aims to help raise awareness of domestic abuse in Wales Credit: ITV News/Alexandra Lodge

White Ribbon Day campaign highlights domestic abuse

Violence against women is under the spotlight today as the White Ribbon Day campaign is launched.

Figures from the Wales Violence Against Women Action group shows domestic abuse makes up a quarter of all crime. Every year in Wales;

  • 50,769 women will experience 203,075 incidents of domestic abuse - but there will only be 3,385 convictions
  • 29 women will seek help to deal with forced marriage
  • 2,485 sexual offences against women will be recorded by the police - however it is estimated only 12% of victims report to the police
  • 7 women will die at the hands of their male partners or ex-partners
  • 1904 women will access refuges due to fleeing from domestic abuse
  • 2,949 women experiencing domestic abuse will ring the All Wales Domestic & Sexual Violence Helpline

Candles lit in Cardiff for victims of domestic abuse

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The White Ribbon Day is led by men against domestic abuse Credit: PA

Candles will be lit at Llandaff Cathedral to mark White Ribbon Day, a campaign raising awareness of domestic abuse.

The campaign is being supported by Welsh Women's Aid who say, across the world, domestic violence causes more deaths to women than malaria, cancer, traffic accidents and wars combined.

Figures from Wales Violence Against Women Action group show that every year seven women die at the hands of their partner and 50,769 women will experience a total of 203,075 incidents of domestic abuse - but there will only be 3,385 convictions.

Local Government Minister Lesley Griffiths will visit the cathedral and an information centre in Newport to show her support of the campaign.

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