PCC Sue Mountstevens
Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens is welcoming the news that Clare’s Law, enabling people to check the police record of their partners, will be rolled out across England and Wales.
The case of Clare Wood, who was murdered by her former partner in Greater Manchester in 2009, brought to national attention the issue of disclosing information about an individual’s history of domestic violence to a new partner.
The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme also known as Clare’s Law will allow police to disclose information about previous violent offending by a new or existing partner enabling potential victims to make an informed choice on whether to continue a relationship.
Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “I think the rollout of Clare’s Law nationwide is an important development towards providing protection for victims and potential victims of domestic abuse.
“Domestic abuse is taken extremely seriously across Avon and Somerset and I will continue to welcome initiatives that put the victim first as everyone has the right not only to a relationship but to feel safe and secure in that relationship.”
The announcement which falls on Domestic Abuse Week sees Domestic Violence Protection Orders (DVPOs) which provide further protection to victims also rolled out as part of the scheme. DVPOs prevent the offender from contacting the victim or returning to shared residency where there is insufficient evidence to charge the perpetrator.
National rollout of Clare’s Law follows the successful conclusion in September 2013 of a one year pilot across Greater Manchester, Gwent, Nottinghamshire and Wiltshire.
Rollout to the remaining police forces, including Avon and Somerset, will be implemented from March 2014.
Posted on Monday 25th November 2013