Caroline Welcomes Government Action On Domestic Violence

Local MP Caroline Dinenage has welcomed the Government's latest action to tackle domestic violence.

The Government has just announced that four police forces will pilot a new domestic violence disclosure scheme that allows people to be informed about a person's violent past. This is a pilot of 'Clare's Law', named after Clare Wood who was tragically murdered by a partner with previous domestic violence convictions.

The pilot scheme will test the methods used by police to help victims or potential victims of domestic violence by disclosing information about previous violent offending by their partner. The pilot scheme will give people a right to ask the police about a person's violent history and the police a right to proactively disclose information when a partner is at risk.

Commenting after the announcement, Caroline said:

"We must do all we can in Gosport and around the country to protect women who are vulnerable to domestic violence. I welcome this pilot as a means to give police the tools they need to tackle abuse. It is important that we bring offenders to justice and ensure victims have the support they need to rebuild their lives, so we never again have to witness a tragic case like that of Clare Wood".

Theresa May, the Home Secretary, has made it clear that 'ending violence against women and girls' was a 'personal priority' for her and for the Government.