Dozens of women use Clare’s Law

Dozens of women have come forward to use Clare’s Law to discover if they are at risk of domestic violence from a partner.

Clare Wood.

The year-long pilot scheme was introduced last September in Greater Manchester, Gwent, Wiltshire and Nottingham and named after Clare Wood, 36, who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend George Appleton at her home in Salford in February 2009.

The mother-of-one had met Appleton on Facebook, unaware of his history of violence against women including repeated harassment, threats and the knifepoint kidnapping of another ex-girlfriend.

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Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said 65 people had applied for a disclosure about a boyfriend or an individual who was in a relationship with someone they knew. A further 25 applications were submitted by agencies where it was felt somebody might be at risk.

Clare Wood.

Police granted 53 disclosures on application, while in other cases the partner did not have a record of violent offences or there was no information that a risk was present.