New law reveals 22 domestic abusers

Woman in fear of domestic abuse (posed by models)
Woman in fear of domestic abuse (posed by models)

ALMOST half of the Wigan inquiries about partners’ violent pasts made under Clare’s Law have uncovered a past of domestic abuse.

New figures released by Greater Manchester Police show that 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.

Across the whole of Greater Manchester, the force has received 205 applications under the right to ask and 71 applications submitted by agencies who felt somebody may be at risk (right to know). Of the applications combined 164 disclosures were made.

Clare’s Law can be used by anyone concerned over a partner’s abusive behaviour, or those worried about a friend or family member in a relationship and at risk of violence.

It is named after Clare Wood, who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend George Appleton in 2009,

Appleton had a history of domestic violence, but Miss Wood, 36, was unaware of it.

Following a successful pilot, the law came into force across England and Wales in March 2014.

Det Supt Emily Higham, of Greater Manchester Police, said: “The results of this scheme are pleasing, especially when considering the number of people who are better informed thanks to its success. The initiative helps to protect victims, families and friends from devastating consequences while also enabling women to take informed action about their relationships and the opportunity to protect them.

“If anyone is in a relationship and wants to make an informed decision about the relationship or has any concerns, it is important to break the silence and trust your instincts.

“Spot the warning signs such as controlling behaviour, the use of violence, public humiliation and objecting to you meeting friends and family. This is an opportunity for you to take back control and make the right decision on whether to stay with your partner or leave the relationship.”

For further information about the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme, or to make a request for information under it, contact Greater Manchester Police on 101 or visit your nearest police station.