Dad backs disclosure scheme

Sheila and Trevor Fairhurst
Sheila and Trevor Fairhurst

A WIGAN father whose daughter was a tragic victim of domestic abuse has welcomed new moves to combat it.

Clare’s Law – better known as the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme – will be piloted across the borough and Greater Manchester for a year from Thursday.

The scheme offers people a formal mechanism to make inquiries about an individual with whom they are in a relationship, or is in a relationship with someone they know, and have a violent or abusive past.

It allows information to be disclosed on request from a member of the public (“right to ask”) or by an agency where a proactive decision is made to consider disclosing the information in order to protect a potential victim (“right to know”).

If police checks show that a person may be at risk of domestic abuse from their partner, the police will consider disclosing the information.

Hindley 19-year-old Carly Fairhurst died six years ago at the hands of her brutal boyfriend Darren Pilkington who is currently serving a jail term for her manslaughter.

Her dad Trevor said today: “It wouldn’t have saved Carly – she knew all about Pilkington’s past but was so besotted that if just didn’t make any difference.

“But if it can save a family having to go through what we have experienced then yes, it is worth it, 100 per cent.”

Assistant Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Steve Heywood said that the pilot was about “prevention and exploring new ways” of protecting victims of domestic abuse.

He said: “It helps individuals make an informed decision on whether or not to continue a relationship.”

Wigan women worried about relationships can seek help from Greater Manchester Women’s Domestic Abuse helpline on 0161 636 7525.”