Clare’s Law saving local lives

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MORE than 300 lives have been potentially saved across the region – some of them in Wigan – following the launch of a scheme to reveal the history of violent partners.

The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS), which is also known as Clare’s Law, has been running since September 2012 and gives victims of domestic abuse, their friends, families and authorities the opportunity to apply for information about the person they are in a relationship with.

Since the pilot of the domestic violence disclosure scheme in Greater Manchester, there have been 801 applications made under “right to know” and “right to ask.”

Of those applications there have been 321 disclosures made.

In Wigan alone, almost half of the inquiries about partners’ violent pasts made under Clare’s Law have uncovered a past of domestic abuse. Since the law was piloted in the area in September 2012, 49 requests for information have been made in the borough, with 22 disclosures indicating violence.

Det Chief Insp Trish Owen from GMP’s Public Protection Division said: “I am pleased to see that the positive impact that Clare’s Law has had on the Wigan community.

“Hundreds of people have received invaluable information that can help them make informed choices about their relationships. More needs to be done to ensure that victims and their friends and family are aware of the steps they can take to protect themselves from the potentially devastating consequences that come as a result of domestic abuse.

“We want to stop future deaths at the hands of abusive partners and we will be do this by providing victims with the power to regain control of their lives, move forward and enjoy a happier future.”

Anyone can get in touch with police and request a Clare’s Law application.

People are advised to trust their instincts and spot the signs such as controlling behaviour, the use of violence, public humiliation and objections to them meeting friends and family.