Cornelius v DeTaranto. 2001;

London: Home Office; 2012

London: Home Office; 2000

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. Domestic violence and abuse: multi-agency working. 2014. (accessed 22 March 2016)

Simmons J, Dodd TLondon: Home Office; 2003

“Clare's law”: the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme. 2013. (accessed 22 March 2016)

Taket A, 2nd edn. London: Home Office; 2004

Understanding the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme

02 April 2016
Volume 24 · Issue 4

A national Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme now allows partners of former offenders to have information disclosed to them by the police. The scheme was introduced following a campaign for ‘Clare's Law’, named after Clare Wood, who was murdered in 2009 by a man she had met on an internet dating site. The man had convictions for the harassment and assault of former partners and, in the months preceding her murder, Ms Wood had contacted the police alleging the man had caused criminal damage, harassed her, threatened to kill her and sexually assaulted her (Strickland, 2013).

One in four women experience domestic abuse at some time in their lives (Taket, 2004). It happens to women in all walks of life, across all ages and ethnic groups. Domestic violence accounts for a fifth of violent crime and claims the lives of two women every week (Simmons and Dodd, 2003). As well as the primary adult victim, children are also abused in 45% of cases (Mullender, 2000).

Register now to continue reading

Thank you for visiting British Journal of Midwifery and reading some of our peer-reviewed resources for midwives. To read more, please register today. You’ll enjoy the following great benefits:

What's included

  • Limited access to our clinical or professional articles

  • New content and clinical newsletter updates each month