6 Months of Clare's Law in Norfolk
8:24am 4th September 2014
It's been revealed that 3 people in Norfolk have been contacted by police and told that their new boyfriend or girlfriend has a history of violence with past partners.
It's now 6 months since the introduction of Clare’s Law in our County.
It’s named after Clare Wood from Salford near Manchester who was brutally murdered by her ex partner George Appleton in 2009 – he had a record of violence against women, but Clare had no way of knowing how dangerous he was.
Anyone who has concerns about a risk of domestic violence either to themselves or a friend or family member can ask for checks to be done. If there is a risk then police will inform either the person involved, or someone who can keep them safe.
27 people have done so in Norfolk so far.
DI Andy Collar is from the Safeguarding Team and says he thinks it’s been worth while:
“If some of those warning signs are starting to be seen, people can follow up on that without waiting for something horrible to happen. It also gives us, and other agencies an opportunity, that if we think this person needs to know about someone’s history, we can go directly to them and tell them that. We have done that on one occasion so far.
What we have found from some of the applications where we haven’t disclosed any information is that it’s not a domestic abuse situation, but there are other things going on. So maybe there’s a child protection issue, or a vulnerable adult in a carer situation. It’s actually brought to light some situations that we would not have known about, and we can keep those people safe and get them help.”
You can find out more about Clare's Law through Norfolk Police here:
You can find out more about Clare's Law through Cambridgeshire Police here: