Few Enquiries Since Clare's Law Rollout in Dorset
12:32pm 2nd April 2014
Nearly a month since Clare’s Law was introduced in Dorset, and there are calls for more people to come forward.
The ground-breaking rollout was introduced so people can check to see of their partner has a violent past.
But Dorset's Assistant Chief Constable David Lewis told us they'd like to see men and women using the law.
It's early days but Dorset Police has only taken 5 enquiries from people concerned about their other half. Four of those were from people who contacted the force with the "right to ask" about someone close to them or close to a family member - enquiries can come from worried parents or friends too.
Only once, have details of someone’s history surrounding domestic violence been requested under "right to know" that's either from an agency or the Police themselves who have intelligence on an individual who's entered a new relationship with someone, and they feel that person should know.
Assistant Chief David Lewis told us he would like more people to feel confident using Clare’s Law (The Domestic Abuse Disclosure Scheme);
"We'd like more people to come forward; we have intelligence on some people who're persistent offenders. We're happy to talk to victims of domestic abuse about those offenders."
"If somebody thinks they might be at risk of domestic abuse they can ask us about their partner and we'll disclose any domestic abuse history."
"Clares Law isn't widely known about and talking with you is a great opportunity to talk to people and say, did you know the Police can do this for you, come forward and we can help."
The pioneering scheme Clare's Law is named after Clare Wood, who was murdered by her boyfriend in 2009.