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.
Since the introduction of Clare's law people can check up on the past lives of their new partners.