Clare's Law - Find out if you are at risk of entering into an abusive relationship.
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'Clare's Law' was rolled out across England and Wales in 2014, following the tragic death of 36-year-old Salford woman Clare Wood's, who was murdered by her abusive ex-partner 13 years ago today (2 February 2022).
Since her death, Clare's family have campaigned tirelessly to have the scheme set up in her name, to help safeguard others in the battle against domestic abuse.
Clare's Law, also known as the 'Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme' (DVDS), means that anyone can submit an application through the police to check whether an individual may pose a risk to them or their loved ones due to having a previous history of abuse, with the aim being that the applicant can then make an informed choice about their relationship.
If police checks do show that an individual has a record of offences relating to abuse, or there is other information to indicate the person the applicant knows is at risk, the police will then consider sharing this information with the person best placed to protect the potential victim.
In 2021, GMP received 1,629 applications to use Clare's Law, showing just how invaluable a method the scheme has becoming in helping to prevent domestic abuse and to support victims.
Chief Superintendent Michaela Kerr, of GMPs Public Protection Department, said: "Clare's Law is a fantastic scheme that has helped so many people since its introduction in 2014.
"Anyone can make an application to the scheme, whether you are a victim yourself of domestic abuse, or have concerns over a new partner, or you are a worried parent, neighbour or friend who has concerns that someone may be a victim or at risk of abuse, the scheme is open to all.
"What I would say is that if anyone is a victim of domestic abuse, then the police can help, so please don’t suffer in silence. There any many brilliant support services and charities available locally and nationally that can help you to leave an abusive relationship, offering support with such things as housing, finances and counselling services.
"Domestic abuse and gender based violence is a top priority for GMP and we are committed to supporting victims and making sure that anyone who commits abuse faces justice".
Greater Manchester Victims' Services provide emotional and practical support to anyone affected by crime and are a confidential service. The service can be contacted by visiting the website on www.gmvictims.org.uk or calling 0161 200 1950.