Every time I mention Clare’s Law, I’m met with the same puzzled looks. Confused faces.
“What’s Clare’s Law?”
In my line of work, hearing about such schemes is common place, but never have I heard it mentioned in other circles.
Why is this? Why isn’t such an important scheme better known, more talked about?
Please take a moment to read this post, learn about Clare’s Law, how it could help you, a friend, a family member, and share this potentially lifesaving information with your loved ones.
Why Clare’s Law Is So Important
In our 21st Century world, we’re obsessed with dating. Dating shows are on every channel, apps are available right at our fingertips. Even if you’re not the next bikini clad contestant on Love Island, Tinder talent or Bumble beauty, you probably know somebody who is.
However love blooms for you or those around you, despite Disney teaching us fairytales can be found in the eyes of Prince /Princess Charming, complete with catchy background songs and loveable talking animals, we must bear in mind this isn’t always the case.
(But wouldn’t that be great?!)
The harsh reality is, Mr/Miss Charming isn’t always who they seem to be.
Clare’s Law Explained
Clare’s Law is a Domestic Abuse and Disclosure Scheme that was introduced in 2014.
Using Clare’s Law, if an individual is considered at risk of abusive behaviour from their partner, they, or a loved one, can contact the police to receive background information on the partner. If the partner is found to have a history of abusive behaviour, this information can either be passed onto the individual concerned, or an appropriate friend or family member.
Having knowledge of this information allows the individual to make an informed decision about whether to continue the relationship. Advice and support is also given where appropriate and available.
A person’s previous convictions are confidential and will only be disclosed if the police and other agencies deem it appropriate for the safety of those around them. The process and checks involved can take a while, so taking action sooner rather than later is important.
If you are concerned about your own partner, or that of a loved one, do not hesitate to call 101 (the police non-emergency number) or visit your local police station to discuss Clare’s Law and how it may apply to the situation.
If you feel it is an emergency, call the police emergency number on 999.
For more information about Clare’s Law, please view this leaflet, provided by Greater Manchester Police.
Abuse comes in all forms, genders, races, sexual orientations, cultures and ethnicities.
If you or someone you know is at risk, act now.
Also see my post about Sarah’s Law, the Child Sex Offenders Disclosure Scheme, another piece of legislation you may be unaware of.
Other useful contacts:
National Domestic Violence Helpline
24 hour freephone helpline run in partnership between Women’s Aid and Refuge.
Phone: 0808 2000 247 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Men’s Advice Line
Advice and support for men experiencing domestic violence and abuse.
Phone: 0808 801 0327 Email: email@example.com
National LGBT Domestic Abuse Helpline
Support for LGBT people experiencing domestic abuse.
Phone: 0800 999 5428 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Helpline offering confidential emotional support for any concerns.
Phone: 01708 765200 Email: email@example.com
National Centre for Domestic Violence
Providing free emergency injunction services to survivors of domestic violence.
Phone: 0207 186 8270 / 0800 970 2070 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
A leading specialist charity for sexual abuse and rape victims.
Phone: 0808 800 5008 Email: email@example.com