Clare’s Law

Clare’s Law is also known as the Domestic Violence Closure Scheme, Clare’s Law is intended to provide information that could protect someone from being a victim of an attack. The scheme allows the police to disclose information on request about a partner’s previous history of domestic violence or violent acts.

Clare’s Law came into being after the horrific killing of a mum Clare Wood in 2009. Clare’s Law, new legislation allowing people to check if new partners pose as a risk to them or their children. Now everyone has the legal right to check out their partners or those of relatives and close friends.

How to make an application under Clare’s Law

To make an application you’ll need to call 101 if you are living in the UK, they will take the details and talk you through the next few steps. You will need to give them your name, address and date of birth. The police will run all their checks and then get back in touch with you. 

If you are worried that someone will see that you have applied for all this, remember to clear your browser history, emptying the cache file of saved information on your laptop or computer. If you have any red flags about a new partner, this check could save your life.

Sarah’s Law

Sarah’s Law allows parents to get information about anyone who has unsupervised access to their children. Parents can find out if the person has any previous convictions for child abuse. You will need to contact your local police station and again apply for this and give them the relevant information. 

Contact the National Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0808 2000 247 They are open 24- hours a day, for free and in confidence. They have a team of highly trained female advisors. They will not judge you or tell you what to do. They aim to empower you to understand your options and support you to make any decisions about the future.

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Domestic violence can happen to anyone, and anybody can be an abuser. Getting help and support for domestic violence is your first step in getting away from that person, and remember you are not alone. 

The freephone National Domestic Abuse Helpline, run by refuge on 0800 2000 247 is free at any time., day or night. Men’s advice line 0800 8010 327 for non-judgemental information and support.

The first step in escaping an abusive situation is realising that you’re not alone and it’s not you’re fault.