Police roll out Clare’s Law across county

Domestic violence (posed by models)
Domestic violence (posed by models)

A scheme which enables people to check the police record of their partners has been launched in Ripley and Heanor along with the rest of Derbyshire.

Clare’s Law is to be launched across the county as part of a national focus on domestic abuse.

The scheme is named after Clare Wood, who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend George Appleton in Salford in 2009. She was unaware of Appleton’s history of violence against women.

It works in two ways, a right to ask and a right to know.

A right to ask is where information is disclosed following a request from a member of the public and a right to know is where police make a decision to disclose details when they receive information to suggest a person could be at risk.

Det Supt Andy Stokes, head of public protection said: “This is a national scheme that we hope will provide people with the information they need to make informed decisions about their relationships and to take relevant action. To make a request for information contact police on 101.”