Trial of 'Clare's Law' begins in UK

A trial has begun in selected areas of the UK, allowing people to ask police whether a new or existing intimate partner has a history of domestic violence. The intiative has been called 'Clare's Law' after Clare Wood, who was killed by a man she met on Facebook. Ms Wood's family later discovered he had previous convictions for violence against women, including kidnapping an ex-partner at knifepoint.

Applications for information can also be made by friends, relatives or neighbours who have reasonable concerns about an acquaintance’s partner.

Read 'Clare's Law trial to begin', The Telegraph, 15/7/12

Read ''Clare's Law' is little help if the police don't perform their basic duty', The Guardian, 6/3/12