Domestic Violence – Clare’s Law equivalent launched in Northern Ireland

A scheme which allows men and women to discover if their partner has a history of violence has been brought into Northern Ireland.

The Domestic Violence and Abuse Disclosure Scheme, aimed at preventing abuse and violence in the home, allows the police to disclose information on request about a partner’s previous history of domestic violence or violent acts. It is a similar initiative to Clare’s Law, which was introduced in England and Wales in 2014 and in Scotland in 2016, after 36-year-old Clare Wood was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in 2009.

The introduction of the scheme was welcomed by Veronica Holland from the Department of Justice.

“Making that application, finding out that information, being aware as to whether there is a risk of abusive behaviour could make a huge difference and potentially save the life of an individual,” she said.

“It is allowing individuals to find out information in relation to their partner and for concerned family members and friends to also seek information.

“Ultimately the scheme is intended to provide information to the partner of a person, where they may have a history of domestic violence or abuse, to allow them to take account of that information and consider whether or not they want to continue or not in that relationship.”

If you would like to discuss any matters relating to domestic violence please contact our office on 02890329801 to speak to one of our dedicated team.