Good news for women, as the domestic violence disclosure scheme – known as Clare’s law, after Clare Wood, killed murdered five years ago by her former partner – had been announced and piloted by four police forces in 2013 – is rolled out across every force in England and Wales, giving women the ability to find out if their partners have an abusive past, by going to police and asking for any past convictions to be revealed.
This excellent scheme has been put into action to mark International Woman’s Day, at the same moment a the government announced introducing DVPOs – domestic violence protection orders – which give women protection by imposing conditions which immediately prevent contact between abuser and victim, immediately after any attack
Home secretary Theresa May commented that while victim protection is improving, too many cases exist where vulnerable people are allowed to suffer, which this new law would help to address – 36 year old Clare Wood died at the hands of ex-boyfriend George Appleton, with a history of violence against women, at her home in Salford – her parents have campaigned all along for this law to be enacted.
Not that all think it a good idea, because the Refuge organisation, who claim that, each week, two women are killed by a current or former partner, and that 77% of domestic violence cases go unreported, fear that the law could lead any vulnerable woman into a false sense of security.
A spokesperson commented that without a complete attitude change regarding domestic violence, the introduction of Clare’s law will be unhelpful and give rise to more dangers, simply because not all abusers are known to police, and the safety the law promises may not be as universal as is thought initially. Several years may pass before it starts to become really effective, so the interim period remains quite shadowy.
Lots of London Clubs and bars agreed to having posters displayed, informing women that they should tell staff of any sexual harassment, so that the transgressors can be ejected, to send out clearly the message that gratuitous groping, bum-slapping, and sexually aggressive will be neither left unchallenged nor tolerated in the future. It is to be hoped that this new law will make a difference nationally, as it appears to have done in those pilot areas.
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