Four police forces in England and Wales are to take part in a pilot scheme for one year, under which the police will be able to reveal information about men or women who have a history of domestic violence to their new partners.
The pilot scheme is known as “Clare’s law”, named after Clare Wood who was tragically murdered by her former boyfriend at her own home.
Two people are killed by their current or former partner each week, a shocking statistic.
The question though is whether people will actually ask the police for information. At the start of a relationship the last thing on most people’s minds is checking out whether or not their partner has a history of domestic violence and even if they find out if they do, would they actually finish the relationship? Love is so often blind.
Domestic violence is an issue taken very seriously by both the Courts and it would seem the police, but as family lawyers we hear so many times stories of people who have tried to contact the police for help but sadly, no help has been given.
Solicitors can help by applying to Court for non molestation orders and these will have attached to them a power of arrest so that if the former partner breaches the order in any way, he or she can be arrested.
Domestic violence covers not only physical abuse but also emotional abuse which sometimes can be harder for the victim to deal with than bruises.
For more information please contact a member of our Family team on 01625 442100.