Po­lice warn nearly 1,000 women of part­ners’ past

The Herald on Sunday - - NEWS IN BRIEF -

MORE than 900 peo­ple in Scot­land have been warned by po­lice of their part­ner’s abu­sive past in the last two years un­der Clare’s Law. The fig­ure was re­vealed on the sec­ond an­niver­sary of the roll-out of the ini­tia­tive, which is known north of the Bor­der as the Dis­clo­sure Scheme for Do­mes­tic Abuse in Scot­land (DSDAS). Po­lice said 2,144 re­quests were made to DSDAS since it was launched on October 1, 2015 and 927 peo­ple have been told that their part­ner has a pre­vi­ous his­tory of abu­sive be­hav­iour.

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

De­tec­tive Su­per­in­ten­dent Gor­don McCreadie, Po­lice Scot­land’s na­tional lead for do­mes­tic abuse, said: “It em­pow­ers in­di­vid­u­als, or oth­ers who care for their well­be­ing, to take con­trol of their fu­ture. It also sends a mes­sage to per­pe­tra­tors and those whose be­hav­iour may be es­ca­lat­ing, that if they be­come a do­mes­tic abuser their be­hav­iour to­day will likely im­pact on ev­ery other day of their life and many of their fu­ture re­la­tion­ships.”

Chief ex­ec­u­tive of Scot­tish Women’s Aid, Dr Mar­sha Scott, said: “Scot­tish Women’s Aid is glad to mark the sec­ond an­niver­sary of Scot­land’s do­mes­tic abuse dis­clo­sure scheme. We are a big fan of the idea that in­for­ma­tion is power, and the more in­for­ma­tion women have, the bet­ter. We welcome any tool that helps po­lice and the women them­selves to be safe.”

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