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First Minister & Police Scotland Aim to Cut Domestic Violence Crime with Clare’s Law

Working with Police Scotland, Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon is aiming to protect men/men from abusive/violent relationships and in turn, reduce domestic abuse crime, with the introduction of Clare’s Law.

The Disclosure Scheme for Domestic Abuse, which is better known as Clare’s Law, enables individuals, who are worried about domestic abuse, to request information, from the Police, about their partner’s background.

When Police Scotland receive such a request, they will work alongside other agencies in deciding if disclosing the background details is lawful, necessary and proportionate to protect the person seeking the information.

Following a six-month trial across Ayrshire and Aberdeen, during which request for information were made, the Clare’s Law scheme will be implanted throughout Scotland before the end of 2015.

Commenting, Nicola Sturgeon, who is Scotland’s First Minister, said:

“There is no excuse or place for domestic abuse in Scotland and we need to do all we can to ensure we protect people from what is an abhorrent crime.

“I announced earlier this year new funding of £20 million over the next three years to step up our work to tackle violence against women. We are working in partnership to combat domestic abuse and we see Police Scotland’s Disclosure Scheme for Domestic Abuse as a vital step forwards.

“The victims of this unacceptable behaviour are predominantly female but males are also targeted; we must make sure that everyone is offered protection and information which reduces the risk of harm. I firmly believe that people who have concerns that their partner may have a history of domestic abuse should be able to find out.”

“We recognise that disclosure itself won’t solve or get rid of domestic abuse. It isn’t the answer for all women or men in all circumstances but rather one of a number of interventions and measures.

“The loss of a son or daughter to violence is incomprehensible and Michal Brown has shown enormous strength and courage to use his daughter’s death as a way to change the system. His tireless work will hopefully protect the lives of others and I hope he is proud to know that he is making a difference.”

Adding to the First Minister’s comments, Sir Stephen House, Police Scotland’s Chief Constable, stated:

“Domestic abuse impacts on all our communities even though it often takes place behind closed doors. We will not tolerate domestic abuse. We will tackle it and we will remove those who present the risk because we want to prevent it destroying the lives of its victims and those children who too often witness this abuse.

“Following the pilot, the Disclosure Scheme will now be rolled out nationally and will play a key part in keeping people safe. In Aberdeen and Ayrshire, this scheme has now prevented 22 people becoming victims of domestic abuse.

“By expanding this scheme, there is the potential to protect hundreds of people and to stop them become the victims of abusers, either directly or indirectly. And it is a clear signal to those who would abuse others that they cannot hide and their abusive history will be disclosed if it means protecting others.

“This has to be one part of a long term approach to supporting victims which ensures that their experiences and the long term effect of disclosure on the people who ask is measured. Working with our partners, we will continue to support people through the disclosure process and to prevent people becoming victims of this terrible crime.”

Also commenting, Linda Rodgers, the Chief Executive Officer of Edinburgh Women’s Aid, said:

“More than 2,000 women used Edinburgh Women’s Aid services last year. We welcome anything that makes women safer and we look forward to working with our partners in police in government towards a Scotland where everyone, no matter what their community, can live without fear.”

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