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Clare's Law

The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme, often known as Clare’s Law, is named after Clare Wood.

Clare, 36, a mother of one, was murdered by her former partner George Appleton.  He raped her, strangled her, and then set her body on fire.  She was found three days later.  Appleton hanged himself five days later after the murder before police could get to him.  Clare never knew that he had a history of violence against women.

The scheme is designed to protect potential victims from an abusive situation before it ends in tragedy.

The scheme allows the police to disclose information about a partners’ previous history of domestic abuse or violent acts via “Right to Ask” and “Right to Know”.

Right to Ask – A person has the right to ask if their partner has a previous domestic history.

Right to Know – A person has the right to know if their partner has a previous domestic history. This is triggered when police receive information from a third party. The police will judge if a disclosure should be made to safeguard that person.

YOU ARE THE ONLY PERSON WHO WILL BE GIVEN THIS INFORMATION. NO INFORMATION WILL BE GIVEN IN THE PRESENCE OF YOUR PARTNER. THEY WILL NOT KNOW YOU ARE GIVEN THIS INFORMATION, IT IS TOTALLY CONFIDENTIAL.

 If someone else applies they will not receive any information about your partner.

Important note

You should be aware that police checks or any disclosure made is not a guarantee of safety. We will however, make sure you are aware of what local and national support is available.

Remember, no person should suffer domestic abuse!!

Support Services


National Domestic Violence Helpline

08082000247

Harbour Domestic Abuse Service
(Middlesbrough, Stockton & Hartlepool)

 03000202525

My Sister’s Place Domestic Abuse Service (Middlesbrough)
01642 241864

Foundation Domestic Abuse Service (Redcar & Cleveland)
03004562214

EVA Women’s Aid Domestic Abuse Service
(Redcar & Cleveland)

01642 490677

HALO Project
(Forced Marriage & Honour Based Violence)
(Cleveland)
01642 683045

ARCH Sexual Abuse Service
(Cleveland)
01642 822331

Clare's Law Document