Posted on October 26, 2011 by Tina Royles

The Government are looking into new proposals around domestic violence, where individuals would be able to find out whether their partner has a history of violence and abuse.

The Home Secretary Theresa May is launching a consultation to establish how such a disclosure scheme might work.

The consultation suggests three possible options:
1 Process to stay the same……therefore no right to know.
2 People having a `right to ask` about their partners history.
3 Introducing a `right to know` where the police may informed partners under 
 certain circumstances.

Both 2 and 3 would be formally written into legislation which would be a huge step forward.

However the `certain circumstances` unless specifically detailed or clear, would lead to an element of discretion perhaps which wouldn’t be helpful for some, because at present the police have powers under common law in disclosing information around someones previous convictions but if this happened with any consistency there wouldn’t be a need for new legislation!

The new proposals are thought likely to be known as Clare’s Law.

Clare Wood from Salford was strangled by George Appleton in February 2009. Appleton had a history of violence against women; including harassment and threats to kill.
The consultation period concludes on 13th January 2012.