The Home Office has introduced a scheme allowing police to disclose to individuals details of their partners’ abusive pasts, known as the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme.

The initiative is named after 36 year old Clare Wood who was murdered by her ex boyfriend George Appleton in 2009.
Clare’s father has campaigned for several years for the introduction of ‘Clare’s Law’, as he remains convinced that Clare would still have been alive today had she known that Appleton had a record of violence against women.

Home Office figures show that 73 women were killed last year by a partner or ex partner. It is hoped that the new scheme will allow more people to make informed decisions about their relationships and escape to safety if necessary.

Northumbria police implemented the scheme here in the North East on 1st April 2014.

Applications for information from Northumbria police can be made in one of the following ways:

  1. Online via an application form on the Northumbria Police website
  2. Phoning 101
  3. In person at a police station
  4. To any police officer or member of police staff 

However, always remember that if someone’s life is in danger or a crime is taking place, ring 999.

At David Gray Solicitors we have four solicitors who are accredited specialists in the area of domestic abuse. We have a dedicated team of lawyers who are able to see clients on an emergency same-day basis, to give appropriate advice and support. We assist clients with obtaining emergency Injunctions where this is deemed necessary to protect their safety. We also have excellent working relationships with local women’s refuges and support agencies, such as Women’s Aid, where we can refer clients for additional support. Please contact us for further advice and assistance.