Warn­ings is­sued over part­ners’ abu­sive past

Cops alert 19 peo­ple un­der ‘Clare’s Law’leg­is­la­tion

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Al­most 20 peo­ple in Ren­frew­shire have been warned by Po­lice Scot­land that their part­ner has an abu­sive past.

Po­lice Scot­land re­vealed that it has is­sued dis­clo­sure to 19 peo­ple un­der “Clare’s Law” leg­is­la­tion in the last two years.

Un­der the Dis­clo­sure Scheme for Do­mes­tic Abuse 55, wor­ried part­ners re­quested in­for­ma­tion on their other half across Ren­frew­shire.

The scheme is de­signed to al­low peo­ple to re­quest in­for­ma­tion from Po­lice Scot­land if they have con­cerns about their part­ner’s past.

The Pais­ley Daily Ex­press ob­tained the lat­est fig­ures un­der Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion leg­is­la­tion.

Post­codes PA2 and PA3, each had five dis­clo­sures in the last two years, with two warn­ings given in the PA1, PA4, PA5 and PA11 post­code ar­eas.

Most re­quests for dis­clo­sure were made in the PA3 post­code, with 15.

Last month, we re­ported that po­lice had re­ceived more than 21,000 re­ports of do­mes­tic abuse in the last 10 years – around six every­day.

Clare’s Law is named af­ter Clare Wood, who was mur­dered by her ex-boyfriend in Greater Manch­ester in 2009. She had been un­aware of George Ap­ple­ton’s his­tory of vi­o­lence against women.

Clare’s Law was rolled out in Scot­land in Oc­to­ber in 2015, af­ter tri­als in Ayr­shire and Aberdeen.

The po­lice force says it has re­ceived more than 2,000 re­quests for dis­clo­sures in Scot­land since the scheme be­gan and has is­sued more than 900 dis­clo­sures.

Gavin New­lands, MP for Pais­ley and Ren­frew­shire North, en­cour­aged any­one with con­cerns about their part­ner’s past to ask make use of Clare’s Law.

He said: “Do­mes­tic abuse in what­ever form is a dis­turb­ing re­al­ity for too many in so­ci­ety. No one should have to live un­der the con­stant threat of vi­o­lence or in­tim­ida­tory be­hav­iour.

“Clare’s Law is a vi­tal tool in re­duc­ing this ‘nor­mally in­vis­i­ble’ crime. Us­ing Claire’s Law a re­quest to lo­cal po­lice will pro­vide ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion for in­di­vid­u­als who may be at risk of do­mes­tic abuse.

“Any­one who has con­cerns over the be­hav­iour of their part­ner should seek sup­port and guid­ance from lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions like Women’s Aid and Refuge. The more knowl­edge that we have on pre­vi­ous be­hav­iour can pre­vent abusers re­peat­ing be­hav­iour.”

Alert Po­lice have is­sued dis­clo­sures un­der ‘Clare’s Law’

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