20 people in Hertfordshire told their partner has a violent past under Clare's Law
PUBLISHED: 11:41 11 February 2015 | UPDATED: 11:41 11 February 2015
Police in Hertfordshire have revealed they have saved 20 people from potentially violent relationships under pioneering new legislation.
The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme, introduced last March, is known as Clare’s Law as it was campaigned for by the father of Clare Wood, murdered by her partner in Salford in 2009.
It allows people worried about partners or potential partners to ask police whether they have a history of violence.
Using the Freedom of Information Act, the Press Association discovered that at least 3,760 requests have been made in England and Wales, producing at least 1,335 disclosures.
Herts police told the WHT that 91 applications have been made across the county, leading to 20 disclosures, although 25 probes are still in progress.
Detective Chief Inspector Clare Smith said: “We welcome all applications under the Clare’s Law disclosure scheme.
“We want to send a clear message to the people of Hertfordshire that Clare’s Law is here to help them – regardless of their sex, age or sexuality.
“If you are unsure about your partner’s past you have the right to ask about them – that is what this scheme is about.
“It doesn’t just have to be the partner who asks — close friends and family can ask on behalf of a person they think might be at risk.
“Then if we do find anything and we need to disclose information, we would only go to the person in that relationship who could be at risk from their partner.
“Nationally, this law is saving lives by helping people make more informed decisions about their partners from information they have.
“ We want more people to come forward and make that application if they are, or if they know someone who they believe is at risk.
“Every application we process and each disclosure we make is a further step towards us protecting people from Domestic Abuse.”