A woman who suffered a horrifying attack by her partner has taken the rare step of telling the media about it. Patsy Jacobs, from Calne in Wiltshire, was beaten in January this year by Nat Dimond.
Patsy has taken the unusual step of waiving her anonymity to speak out about her experience.
The latest figures show that one in every four women will be abused in their own homes. But people can now check up on the criminal history of new partners.
Patsy's case is extreme but domestic abuse isn't rare.
women in the UK will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime
men in the UK will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime
Since the introduction of Clare's law people can check up on the past lives of their new partners.
Anyone that has any suspicions whether it's family members friends. If you see things that aren't right, control, arguments anything, anything like that, Clare's Law is out there. All you have to do is go to the police and ask them about it and they can point you in the right direction. It's always better to know.