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Women’s Aid calls for more police support on domestic violence, in light of Clare’s Law rollout

Mon, 25th Nov 13

Women’s Aid welcomes the government’s move to rollout the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme, otherwise known as Clare’s Law, across England - but is recommending the police take further action to protect women who ask for a disclosure. The charity is highlighting that women who make an application under Clare’s Law are already worried about their partners, and should be fully supported to be able to keep themselves safe.

Women’s Aid is urging police forces to put extra support in place for women seeking disclosures, for example offering to flag her number as a ‘high risk’ victim of domestic violence. The charity is urging that any women seeking a disclosure should also be provided with details of the National Domestic Violence Helpline run in partnership between Women's Aid and Refuge and any local specialist domestic violence services. Women’s Aid is recommending the police also monitor any incidences of violent behaviour by the partner.

Polly Neate, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid said:

“When a woman makes an application under Clare’s Law then they clearly have serious concerns that their partner is, or will be, violent towards them. Under these circumstances, it’s vital that the police take action to help her stay safe by offering protective measures like phone flagging, by keeping tabs on any violent behaviour by her partner, and by giving her details of specialist, gender-specific services that will be able to help if she is experiencing violence.

“Two women a week are murdered by partners or ex-partners. We hope the rollout of Clare’s Law will help the police stop perpetrators much earlier in their patterns of violence.”

Women’s Aid is also raising concerns about women’s access to the specialist, gender-specific services they will need in order to escape from violent partners. The charity is highlighting that these services are being cut in many areas, and urging Police and Crime Commissioners to work with and support their local specialist domestic violence organisations to make sure there is somewhere safe for women to go.