Clare's Law welcomed by crime commissioner

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Clare's Law welcomed by crime commissioner

First published in News Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

DORSET residents can today find out whether their partner has a history of being abusive in an initiative to tackle domestic violence.

Dorset Police is taking part in national scheme Clare’s Law.

The Echo revealed that officers are dealing with a case of domestic violence every hour of the day.

Figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show that Dorset Police receive on average 700 reports of domestic abuse per month across the county and have dealt with more than 36,000 incidents of domestic violence in the last five years.

Clare’s Law, named after Clare Wood who was murdered by her boyfriend in 2009, is a Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme and will allow people to see if their new partner has a history of domestic violence.

Members of the public can make an application for a disclosure, known as the ‘right to ask’.

The scheme is for anyone in an intimate relationship regardless of gender.

Anybody can make an enquiry, but information will only be given to someone at risk or a person in a position to safeguard the victim.

Partner agencies can also request disclosure is made of an offender’s past history where it is believed someone is at risk of harm.

Director of Public Protection, Detective Superintendent Chris Naughton said: “The scheme is based on risk management. If a potentially violent individual is identified as having convictions for violent offences, or information is held about their behaviour which reasonably leads the police and other agencies to believe they pose a risk of harm to their partner, a disclosure will be made. “The intention is to give potential victims information about the history of their partner, so they can make an informed decision about the relationship.”

Chairman of the Dorset Community Safety Partnership Councillor Ray Nottage said: “The Dorset Community Safety Partnership welcomes the roll out of Clare’s Law by Dorset Police.

“Tackling domestic abuse and protecting victims continues to be a priority for us. The introduction of Clare's Law provides us with an opportunity to further protect victims, particularly those defined as being at the highest risk of harm.”

Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill said: “I welcome the adoption of Clare’s Law which will give people the opportunity to make an educated decision about the future of their relationship.

“It will also strengthen the framework around the release of information about the violent past of partners. This is a valuable tool in our work to pre-empt domestic violence.”

He added: “Clare’s Law will allow people to seek the information they need to escape an abusive situation before it ends in tragedy.”

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7:20am Sat 8 Mar 14

cosmick says...

Hard to belive the figures given, surely that would mean more police time spent with D/A than any thing else.
Hard to belive the figures given, surely that would mean more police time spent with D/A than any thing else. cosmick
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9:08am Sat 8 Mar 14

whatever66 says...

About time !!!!!!!! should of been bought in to action when it was first started. I was actually thinking of starting a facebook page so victims can put on their partners on as soon as they manage to escape them, might still do it as know one will want to ask the police if their prospective new partner is violent, as when you first start to see them they make themselves out to be angels where butter wouldn't melt in their mouths but this way everyone would be able to get the information easily and quickly.....
About time !!!!!!!! should of been bought in to action when it was first started. I was actually thinking of starting a facebook page so victims can put on their partners on as soon as they manage to escape them, might still do it as know one will want to ask the police if their prospective new partner is violent, as when you first start to see them they make themselves out to be angels where butter wouldn't melt in their mouths but this way everyone would be able to get the information easily and quickly..... whatever66
  • Score: -1

10:11am Sat 8 Mar 14

Sigurd Hoberth says...

cosmick wrote:
Hard to belive the figures given, surely that would mean more police time spent with D/A than any thing else.
That's because the figures touted on Domestic violence are a complete nonsense.

The way it is recorded is massively skewed and what is classed as such, often absurd to the point of ridicule, all quite deliberate. This is before you get to the huge proportion of it which is false allegations, all very much politically/ financially/hate driven.

https://www.youtube.
com/watch?v=w5AOj6Eh
RuY

Interestingly a board member of "Women's aid", the group usually behind much of the propaganda on domestic violence seen in this paper, has recently been caught out supporting sick comments by feminist hate groups, that view all Fathers as child abusers. This has given us a glimpse of the true mindset in women's aid and the mindset behind those who feed this misandrist propaganda to the public.

http://j4mb.wordpres
s.com/2014/03/02/our
-public-challenge-of
-dickie-james-board-
member-of-womens-aid
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[quote][p][bold]cosmick[/bold] wrote: Hard to belive the figures given, surely that would mean more police time spent with D/A than any thing else.[/p][/quote]That's because the figures touted on Domestic violence are a complete nonsense. The way it is recorded is massively skewed and what is classed as such, often absurd to the point of ridicule, all quite deliberate. This is before you get to the huge proportion of it which is false allegations, all very much politically/ financially/hate driven. https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=w5AOj6Eh RuY Interestingly a board member of "Women's aid", the group usually behind much of the propaganda on domestic violence seen in this paper, has recently been caught out supporting sick comments by feminist hate groups, that view all Fathers as child abusers. This has given us a glimpse of the true mindset in women's aid and the mindset behind those who feed this misandrist propaganda to the public. http://j4mb.wordpres s.com/2014/03/02/our -public-challenge-of -dickie-james-board- member-of-womens-aid / Sigurd Hoberth
  • Score: 8

10:53am Sat 8 Mar 14

woodsedge says...

Sigurd Hoberth wrote:
cosmick wrote:
Hard to belive the figures given, surely that would mean more police time spent with D/A than any thing else.
That's because the figures touted on Domestic violence are a complete nonsense.

The way it is recorded is massively skewed and what is classed as such, often absurd to the point of ridicule, all quite deliberate. This is before you get to the huge proportion of it which is false allegations, all very much politically/ financially/hate driven.

https://www.youtube.

com/watch?v=w5AOj6Eh

RuY

Interestingly a board member of "Women's aid", the group usually behind much of the propaganda on domestic violence seen in this paper, has recently been caught out supporting sick comments by feminist hate groups, that view all Fathers as child abusers. This has given us a glimpse of the true mindset in women's aid and the mindset behind those who feed this misandrist propaganda to the public.

http://j4mb.wordpres

s.com/2014/03/02/our

-public-challenge-of

-dickie-james-board-

member-of-womens-aid

/
D_D AKA Cyril AKA Cedric is back as Sigurd Hoberth!! (Although he will deny it). Not another account deleted hence having to re invent yourself? A higher proportion of men commit domestic abuse compared to women abusing men. You can post as many links to twisted web sites as you want and it won't change that fact old chap.
[quote][p][bold]Sigurd Hoberth[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cosmick[/bold] wrote: Hard to belive the figures given, surely that would mean more police time spent with D/A than any thing else.[/p][/quote]That's because the figures touted on Domestic violence are a complete nonsense. The way it is recorded is massively skewed and what is classed as such, often absurd to the point of ridicule, all quite deliberate. This is before you get to the huge proportion of it which is false allegations, all very much politically/ financially/hate driven. https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=w5AOj6Eh RuY Interestingly a board member of "Women's aid", the group usually behind much of the propaganda on domestic violence seen in this paper, has recently been caught out supporting sick comments by feminist hate groups, that view all Fathers as child abusers. This has given us a glimpse of the true mindset in women's aid and the mindset behind those who feed this misandrist propaganda to the public. http://j4mb.wordpres s.com/2014/03/02/our -public-challenge-of -dickie-james-board- member-of-womens-aid /[/p][/quote]D_D AKA Cyril AKA Cedric is back as Sigurd Hoberth!! (Although he will deny it). Not another account deleted hence having to re invent yourself? A higher proportion of men commit domestic abuse compared to women abusing men. You can post as many links to twisted web sites as you want and it won't change that fact old chap. woodsedge
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12:36pm Sat 8 Mar 14

jinglejangle says...

Why is there always a negative response to these articles?. Instead of constantly focusing on those who use the system maliciously, please try to focus on the genuine people, male or female, who have sought help to protect themselves and their children. Domestic violence is an awful thing to experience, male or female, and those who go through the system are more than aware of those who are using the system wrongly. Not all women wrongly accuse their partner, as not all men are violent to theirs. Many lives have been saved, and quite frankly, some men and women are not suitable to be around children.
If your a hater because its womens aid, then instead of being negative put up contact details for males to contact if in a dv situation.
mankind.org.uk tel 01823334244.
There is a huge focus on women who encounter Dv, but perhaps this is because men dont come forward, hence the funding being lower. This needs to change, but requires more men to speak out without being ridiculed, and also for people to help promote the services available to them.
Why is there always a negative response to these articles?. Instead of constantly focusing on those who use the system maliciously, please try to focus on the genuine people, male or female, who have sought help to protect themselves and their children. Domestic violence is an awful thing to experience, male or female, and those who go through the system are more than aware of those who are using the system wrongly. Not all women wrongly accuse their partner, as not all men are violent to theirs. Many lives have been saved, and quite frankly, some men and women are not suitable to be around children. If your a hater because its womens aid, then instead of being negative put up contact details for males to contact if in a dv situation. mankind.org.uk tel 01823334244. There is a huge focus on women who encounter Dv, but perhaps this is because men dont come forward, hence the funding being lower. This needs to change, but requires more men to speak out without being ridiculed, and also for people to help promote the services available to them. jinglejangle
  • Score: -3

9:02am Sun 9 Mar 14

JamesYoung says...

While i think Cyril is wrong, i do think there is an incentive for women going through divorce to report their husbands as being violent. The child maintenance system effectively rewards mothers if they are successful at restricting access. Also, when pre-nups were discussed a couple of years ago, it was suggested that they would not stand where there were allegations of violence - a further incentive. So a high standard of evidence should be demanded.
This, of course, will occur in only a minority of cases. I'm sure we all know people who have been subject to DV and it is pretty horrific. Personally, i think this law is a giant leap in the right direction.
While i think Cyril is wrong, i do think there is an incentive for women going through divorce to report their husbands as being violent. The child maintenance system effectively rewards mothers if they are successful at restricting access. Also, when pre-nups were discussed a couple of years ago, it was suggested that they would not stand where there were allegations of violence - a further incentive. So a high standard of evidence should be demanded. This, of course, will occur in only a minority of cases. I'm sure we all know people who have been subject to DV and it is pretty horrific. Personally, i think this law is a giant leap in the right direction. JamesYoung
  • Score: -2

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