Domestic abuse pilot scheme extended

A new domestic abuse scheme already being piloted in Wiltshire and Gwent since mid-July is being extended to Greater Manchester and Nottinghamshire.
Under the scheme people can find out if their partner has any history of domestic violence, and will run in the four regions until September next year.

The scheme is referred to as Clare's Law by some, in reference to the campaign by the father of Clare Wood who was killed in 2009 by a man she met through Facebook, George Appleton. It was later uncovered, that Mr Appleton had a record of domestic violence, of which Ms Wood was unaware.

When the scheme was announced towards the end of last year Home Secretary, Theresa May, said that it would allow people to make "informed choices" about their relationships by enabling "new partners of previously violent suspects to know more about their partner's history of abuse."

If you have been the victim of domestic abuse a family law solicitor can help you obtain temporary local authority accommodation, or help with emergency and subsequent Court Orders including Non-molestation and Occupation Orders, Injunctions and Matrimonial Home rights to protect you and your children's interests. To speak to a solicitor in Northern Ireland specialising in domestic abuse, contact Wilson Nesbitt in Belfast or Bangor by calling 0800 840 1363. To read more information on domestic abuse click here.