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New domestic violence law safeguards 86 individuals at risk of abuse

More than 80 vulnerable people have been protected in Derbyshire thanks to a new law allowing police to disclose details of their partners’ abusive past.

Clare’s Law was introduced across all forces in England and Wales from March 2014 in an effort to prevent domestic violence and safeguard those at risk of violence from a partner.

Within the first six months of its implementation, 86 people in Derbyshire were provided with information to protect them from a potentially abusive relationship. The figure is higher in Derbyshire than in other East Midlands counties.

Almost half of those benefitting from the scheme were provided with information on a ‘right to ask’ basis which refers to a situation in which a member of the public requests information from police.

The remaining number was advised on a ‘right to know’ basis which refers to a situation in which the police receives information suggesting an individual could be at risk.

Commenting on the update, Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles said: “I’m pleased these new policing powers are working so well in the county and that so many potential victims are taking proactive measures to safeguard their future safety.

“Domestic violence is an incredibly challenging crime to address, partly because victims fear coming forward to police. These figures are very reassuring and demonstrate people have confidence in the new system and its ability to help them avoid future danger. 

“Evidence suggests that on average victims suffer 35 assaults before ever reporting domestic violence to the police. This means much of the problem remains hidden and police forces don’t really know the scale of what they are dealing with.

“Early preventative measures are key to addressing this issue and this law is one of the ways that we can empower those most at risk to make positive and informed decisions about their relationships.”

Clare’s Law is named after 36-year-old Clare Wood who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in 2009 who had a record of violence against women.

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Posted on Thursday 18th December 2014
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