Welcoming Clare's Law To Dorset
Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, Martyn Underhill
Tackling domestic violence is a key priority.
I welcome the adoption of Clare’s Law which will give people the opportunity to make an educated decision about the future of their relationship. It will also strengthen the framework around the release of information about the violent past of partners. This is a valuable tool in our work to pre-empt domestic violence.
In my manifesto, I made a promise to the people of Dorset, that if I was elected I would bring Clare’s Law to Dorset. These new powers will allow people to seek the information they need to escape an abusive situation before it ends in tragedy.
Domestic Violence is complex, deep-rooted and societal. It is a huge problem and one that we need to address very seriously at every level.
Clare’s Law will give people the right to ask the police if their partner has a history of serial domestic violence and also give the police the option of making a disclosure about any previous incidents. Clare’s Law will not just protect adults from abuse, but children also. Domestic Violence is devastating for families and the damage is far reaching.
I look forward to seeing the evaluation of Clare’s Law in Dorset and I hope that the new powers will give people more confidence to seek help if they believe they are at risk from harm.