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Clare's Law to be Launched in Scotland

A law that will allow people to find out if their partner has been involved in domestic abuse in previous relationships is to be launched in Scotland.

Pilot Scheme

The law, which allows people to see if their partner has a history of domestic abuse, has already been piloted in England and Wales and is set to be trialled in Aberdeen and Ayrshire for six months.

The pilot scheme is inspired by Clare Wood after she was murdered by her ex-boyfriend who hid a history of domestic violence.

Life Saving Advice

The Home Office have stated that the pilot scheme in England provided over 100 people with potentially life saving advice.

If the introduction of Clare’s Law is successful in the trial areas, it could see the domestic abuse law rolled out across Scotland.


Superintendent Neil Kerr said: “Tackling domestic abuse is a key priority for the police and this scheme will allow us to share information about an abuser’s past with a potential victim.

“Many people recognise the signs of abuse in their partner before it actually starts, such as jealousy or controlling behaviour.

“Applying through this scheme will ultimately assist those who are worried about their partner’s behaviour to make a more informed decision about whether to remain in the relationship.”

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