Respect and Protect - Clare's Law
In July 2011, Hazel Blears, MP for Salford and Eccles, launched the parliamentary campaign for ‘Respect and Protect – Clare’s Law’ at the House of Commons with Fabulous magazine (The Sun's Saturday supplement). The campaign is named in memory of Clare Wood, 36, from Salford, who was strangled and set on fire by her former partner after meeting him on Facebook. She suffered months of sexual assault and death threats before being killed. Police were aware of Appleton’s history of domestic violence but were powerless to warn Clare of the danger. This new campaign proposes that women are given the 'right to know' if their partner has a history of violence.
The launch of this campaign has sparked debate amongst survivors, agencies and organisations about the issues involved - to find out more, and for a link to the Respect and Protect petition, go to the Fabulous website, or visit the magazine's Facebook page.