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New crackdown on Domestic Abuse, 20/11/14 [S]

Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill has welcomed the imminent introduction of a landmark pilot scheme that allows women and men to access information on their new partners’ offending history.

From next Tuesday (November 25), Police Scotland’s Disclosure Scheme for Domestic Abuse, also known as ‘Clare’s Law’, is being trialed for six months in Ayrshire and Aberdeen.

Prior to its introduction, Mr MacAskill and Assistant Chief Constable Wayne Mawson today met with the father of the woman the scheme is named after in England and Wales. Michael Brown’s daughter Clare was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in Salford, Greater Manchester in 2009. She was unaware of his history of violence against women. Mr Brown, who is originally from Aberdeen, has welcomed the new measures. Speaking after today’s meeting, he said:

“We’ve already seen a successful pilot of Clare’s Law in England and Wales and the figures from Manchester in particular have been very positive, if somewhat bittersweet for me personally.

For full details see the Scottish Government news release.

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New crackdown on domestic abuse