2:00pm Friday 14th March 2014
DYFED-Powys Police has launched a scheme which enables people to find out if their partner or potential partner has a history of abuse or violence.
The domestic abuse disclosure scheme — commonly known as Clare’s Law — is intended to provide information that could protect someone from being a victim of attack.
The initiative is named after 36-year-old Clare Wood, who was murdered in Greater Manchester in 2009 by her ex-boyfriend, a man she had met on Facebook.
It is modelled on Sarah’s Law, the right for parents to check on paedophiles in their area after the murder of English schoolgirl Sarah Payne.
It was launched across England and Wales on Saturday.
It also allows family members, friends and neighbours to make an application if they have concerns about another person’s welfare.
The police will then consider sharing that information with the person at risk.
The scheme aims to help people make a more informed decision on whether to continue a relationship.
Detective Inspector Neil Jenkins said: “Safeguarding vulnerable people in our communities is a key priority within the Dyfed Powys Police strategic equality plan and the police and crime plan.
“The introduction of the domestic abuse disclosure scheme represents a major development in our ability to safeguard potential victims of domestic abuse.”
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