People in Northampton will be told about abuse history


People in Northamptonshire will now be able to find out if their partner has a record of violent behaviour after the county’s police force signed up to a new Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme.

The Home Office has introduced the scheme which allows anyone to make inquiries about a partner if they are worried they may have been abusive in the past.

The initiative is also known as Clare’s Law, after 36-year-old Clare Wood, who was murdered in Greater Manchester in 2009 by an ex-boyfriend, who had a history of violence against women.

The scheme aims to help people make a more informed decision on whether to continue a relationship, and provides further help and support to assist with making that choice.

If police checks show that a partner has a record of violent behaviour, or there is other information to indicate that somebody may be at risk from a partner, the police will consider sharing this information.

An outside party to the relationship, such as a parent, neighbour or friend, can also make an application.

Steph Challis, service manager at the Northampton-based Sunflower Centre, which supports victims of domestic abuse, said the organisation had good links with Northamptonshire Police and the Crown Prosecution Service to provide the best help it could for victims.

To make an application, call 101.