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Enfield marks Clare’s law anniversary with domestic violence plea

Published Thursday, 18 September 2014

Enfield Council is marking the six month anniversary of the nationwide roll out of “Clare’s Law” by urging victims of domestic violence to seek help to escape abusive relationships.

Clare’s Law or the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme, gives people the right to ask the police about a partner’s previous history of domestic violence or violent acts. And allows police to provide the information under certain circumstances, it was introduced across the United Kingdom in March
 
Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Community Safety, Cllr Chris Bond, said: “Domestic abuse shatters lives and we are urging victims of this most private and most intimate of crimes to get in touch with us to seek help, as quickly as they can
 
“We have a wide range of services in place to keep victims safe but the earlier the people effected by this awful crime come forward, the quicker we can provide them with the support they require and the sooner we can bring their abusers to justice.”
 
Clare’s Law was introduced after calls for the introduction of a national disclosure scheme gained momentum following the murder of Clare Wood, by her former partner in Greater Manchester in 2009. He had three previous convictions under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997.
 
Every request under Clare’s Law is thoroughly checked by a panel made up of police, probation services and other agencies to ensure information is only passed on where it is lawful, proportionate and necessary. Trained police officers and advisers are then on hand to support victims through the difficult and sometimes dangerous transitional period.
 
Women’s Aid estimates that on average a call is made to the police every minute to report a incident of domestic violence in the United Kingdom and Two women in the United Kingdom are killed each week by a current or former partner. On average a person is assaulted more than 30 times before reporting the abuse.
 
If you are a victim of domestic violence the following support is available:

Police
In an emergency always call 999
For non-emergency reports call 101

Solace Womens Aid
Freephone: 0808 802 5565

Solace Womens Aid is a London-based charity that supports women and children affected by domestic and sexual violence. Solace help more than 9,500 survivors of violence each year.

Enfield Saheli
Telephone - 020 8373 6218 or Email 

Enfield Saheli offers support and advice to women in Enfield and neighbouring London boroughs. The charity is run by women for women, with special emphasis on support for Asian women of all ethnicities. They provide qualified bi-lingual counselling in Hindi, Gujarati, Urdu and Punjabi.

Victim Support
Telephone: 0845 450 4443

Victim Support offers advice and support if you have been a victim of any crime or have been affected by a crime committed against someone you know. Their services are free and available to everyone, whether or not the crime has been reported and regardless of when it happened.

Enfield Womens Centre

Telephone: 020 8443 1902

Enfield Women’s Centre is a charity working exclusively for women and their families in the London Borough of Enfield. They give advice and information as well as providing a number of different services.

Enfield Muslim Women's Aid
Telephone: 0208 920 3565

Enfield Muslim Women's Aid provides services for the relief of women (particularly but not only Muslim women in Enfield and the surrounding area) and their children who suffered or who are at risk of suffering domestic violence or abuse. The charity provides accommodation, support and advice.
 

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