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'Clare's Law' gives info on violent partners

The pilot scheme means that people living in certain parts of England and Wales can request police information about whether their parter has a history of domestic violence.

Clare Woods, whom the law is called after
Clare Woods, whom the law is called after
Image: Greater Manchester Police/PA Wire/Press Association Images

PEOPLE WHO WANT to find out if their partners have a history of domestic violence will be able to request the information from police under a new UK pilot scheme.

Unofficially called “Clare’s Law’, it will apply to people living in Greater Manchester, Nottinghamshire, Wiltshire and Gwent, BBC News reports.

It has been given the name ‘Clare’s Law’ after Clare Woods, whose violent ex-partner George Appleton murdered her in 2009.

He had a violent background and her father Michael Brown has campaigned since his daughter’s death for people to be able to find out if their partner has a violent past.

Mr Brown spoke to BBC Radio 4′s Today programme, the Telegraph reports, and said that he believed if Clare knew about Appleton’s past, “she would have dropped him like a hot brick and scampered out of there”.

However, the chief executive of the charity Refuge told The Telegraph that it was unlikely Wood was killed because she didn’t have the information, and more likely “because the police did not respond to her emergency 999 call for help”.

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