Rugby people can soon find out about partner’s past

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People in Rugby will soon have the right to ask the police whether a new or existing partner has a violent past.

An organisation called Warwickshire Against Domestic Abuse will have new powers from Monday to help protect people.

If records show that an individual may be at risk of domestic violence from a partner, the police will consider disclosing the information. A disclosure can be made if it is “legal, proportionate and necessary” to do so.

Enquiries can also be made on behalf of other people. For example, a mother or father could make an application on behalf of their daughter or son if they are concerned a new partner may be violent. Information would be disclosed directly to the daughter or son concerned or to a third person.

The police can also use the ‘right to know’ to disclose information to an individual in order to protect a potential victim of domestic abuse.

Det Supt Steve Cullen said: “We welcome the strengthening of the legislation to help us protect the most vulnerable from harm.

“Tackling domestic abuse is a clear priority for police and partners.

““Any disclosure will be part of a range of support measures Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police will put in place to support victims.”

Anyone concerned about whether a new or existing partner has a violent past can visit the front desk of their nearest police station, ring 101 in the first instance or speak to a police officer. Information about the scheme will also be available online.

If there is an immediate risk of harm to someone, or it is an emergency, call 999.

‘Clare’s Law’ is named after Clare Wood of Salford who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend George Appleton, whom she met on Facebook. Unknown to her, he had a history of violence against women.