Police in South Yorkshire contacted by partners worried about risk of violence

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Men and women concerned that their partner may have a violent past have used a new scheme to ask police whether they are at risk.

Police have had 15 applications for information from worried partners under the Domestic Abuse Disclosure Scheme, also known as ‘Clare’s Law’, since it was introduced six months ago.

Officers have also had another 19 applications for information from third parties with concerns about the risks posed by a partner of a family member or friend.

Detective Chief Inspector Natalie Shaw, South Yorkshire Police’s lead officer on domestic abuse, said: “South Yorkshire Police is committed to the protection of those at risk of domestic abuse and this scheme is another tool at our disposal to safeguard members of the public.

“It is encouraging to see that people are making use of this scheme as the information it allows us to provide could potentially save lives, helping individuals escape abusive and violent circumstances.”

Clare’s Law was introduced in March 2014 and is intended to provide greater protection and information to people who may be entering into, or who are already experiencing, an abusive relationship.

If an application is made under the scheme, police and partner agencies will carry out checks and if it is found that person has a record of violent or abusive offences, or there is other information to indicate there may be a risk, the police will consider sharing the information.

The scheme was introduced following the murder of 36-year-old Salford mum Clare Wood by her estranged partner in 2009.

She suffered months of sexual abuse and death threats before being strangled by her ex, who had a history of violence against women.