In March, new legislation was introduce, which enables individuals to apply for information about whether their partner has a history of domestic violence.
The legislation, known as “Clare’s Law”, enables those who have concerns about their partner to apply to receive information on whether their partner has a history of domestic abuse or violence acts.
Once an application has been made, a panel which comprises of police, probation officers and other agencies consider the application, before deciding whether any information should be disclosed – and that the information which is disclosed is lawful, proportionate and necessary.
In the two months since the legislation was introduced in England and Wales, it has been confirmed that 16 individuals in Staffordshire have applied for information about their partners, although it has not been confirmed how many have been granted access to such information.
Whilst Clare’s Law allows people to apply for information to find out if their partner has a history of domestic abuse, if you find yourself a victim of such abuse, it is important that you report it to the authorities, to ensure that it can be stopped and dealt with straight away, and because we are aware that reporting such matters can be emotional and difficult, we are on hand to offer advice, support and guidance.
Our family law specialists offer a confidential consultation, enabling you to discuss your situation and find out what you can do about it, and what steps can be taken to protect you and your family – and we will cover every option available to you, to ensure you are able to make an informed decision.
To find out how we can help you with your family law matters, contact our team today.