Domestic Violence

February 02, 2015

South East Melbourne Police Take a New Approach to Family Violence

“We are focused on ensuring that we protect victims, hold perpetrators to account and ensure the best possible health outcomes through active early intervention and follow up with those referred to support or health services,” he said.

“Unfortunately in the family violence setting, there is only a three per cent up take of men’s referrals.

March 08, 2014 – UK

Domestic violence disclosure scheme

From 8 March 2014, the domestic violence disclosure scheme will be implemented across England and Wales. This follows the successful conclusion of a 1 year pilot in the Greater Manchester, Nottinghamshire, West Mercia and Wiltshire police force areas.

Right to ask

Under the scheme an individual can ask police to check whether a new or existing partner has a violent past. This is the ‘right to ask’. If records show that an individual may be at risk of domestic violence from a partner, the police will consider disclosing the information. A disclosure can be made if it is legal, proportionate and necessary to do so.

Find out more information about the scheme or make an application HERE

Clares Law – UK Metropolitan Police – WARNING! below

National domestic violence charity Women’s Aid worries that if a check comes back clean, the concerned individual may incorrectly assume that their partner is safe.

“Unfortunately, most perpetrators of domestic violence are never picked up by police or prosecuted, meaning the information given by a private investigator might falsely reassure a woman that her partner is safe,” says Polly Neate, chief executive of the charity. Read more HERE