News – Signs and symptoms of domestic abuse – and the little-known law to check partner’s violent past – Stephanie Balloo

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From gaslighting and financial abuse, to coercive control and physical violence, domestic abuse affects millions across the country every year. A pattern of behaviour designed to control partners, the crime often repeats itself from one relationship to the next.

But there is a little-known law which allows people to find out if their partner has a violent, or abusive past – and if they’re at risk. Many don’t even know it’s there, but it can be used by worried partners and concerned friends or family to unveil previous convictions.

Clare’s Law applications give people the right to ask police whether a person has a history of violent or abusive behaviour. Also known as the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme, the policy aims to reduce domestic abuse by allowing officers to disclose any relevant previous convictions or charges – if they believe someone may be at risk.

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