• Has your partner been violent to a previous partner?

    November 15, 2011

    Domestic Violence

    The Government are looking into new proposals around domestic violence, where individuals would be able to find out whether their partner has a history of violence and abuse.

    The Home Secretary Theresa May is launching a consultation to establish how such a disclosure scheme might work.

    The consultation suggests three possible options:

    1. Process to stay the same……therefore no right to know.
    2. People having a `right to ask` about their partners history.
    3. Introducing a `right to know` where the police may informed partners under certain circumstances.

    Both 2 and 3 would be formally written into legislation which would be a huge step forward.

    However the `certain circumstances` unless specifically detailed or clear, would lead to an element of discretion perhaps which wouldnt be helpful for some, because at present the police have powers under common law in disclosing information around someones previous convictions but if this happened with any consistancy there wouldnt be a need for new legistation!!!

    The new proposals are thought likely to be known as Clare’s Law.
    Clare Wood from Salford was strangled by George Appleton in February 2009. Appleton had a history of violence against women; including harassment and threats to kill.

    The consultation period concludes on 13th January.

    About Tina Royles

    Connet with me: Google+ Tina Royles is the UKs leading expert in domestic violence offering Domestic Violence Counselling, Relationship Counselling and Anger as well as Stress Management Counselling. She is one of the UK’s most qualified and experienced domestic violence experts providing consultancy and advice to those who have suffered domestic violence, are currently in violent relationships or to friends and family of those affected. Tina provides the materials and tools to manage relationship difficulties and domestic violence through awareness and education and is regularly called upon by the national and local press to provide expert comments on high profile cases. Tina Royles

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