The mother of a murdered Lancashire nurse has welcomed the news that the abusive pasts of over 170 violent partners in Lancashire have been revealed.
Penny Clough, mum of Jane Clough, who was killed by her ex-boyfriend in July 2010, said that the information revealed under Clare’s Law, that came into force in March last year, can only help in saving people from abusive relationships.
“The fact that people are using the passing of the law to help keep themselves safe is a great thing,” said Penny, who lives with Jane’s dad, John in Barrowford where they are continuing to “try and get our lives back somehow.”
“It is a great thing that Clare’s Law is there to give people the opportunity to find out if their partners have had past offences.”
The scheme, named after Clare Wood who was murdered in Salford by her former boyfriend, was rolled out nationally in March last year.
Since then 207 people have made requests to Lancashire Police for information and 171 people have been made aware of their partner’s record of offences.
The onus is really on you to protect yourself as much as possible - something is seriously amiss is someone who supposedly loves you cannot confess to you if they have done something wrong in the past.Penny Clough
However, Penny, who is still campaigning for a change in the law that would make it harder to grant bail to perpetrators of domestic violence who are perceived to be particularly dangerous, said, there may be more people who are escaping the system.
She said: “The downside to things is that, often, the perpetrator changes their name so they don’t always show up.
“The onus is really on you to protect yourself as much as possible - something is seriously amiss is someone who supposedly loves you cannot confess to you if they have done something wrong in the past.”
A spokesman from Lancashire Police said: “Sadly we know only too well the devastating consequences that domestic abuse has.
“Clare’s Law helps to protect potential victims of domestic abuse and prevent further crime, enabling them to take the step and break free of relationships which are, or potentially could be, abusive.
They added: “The scheme is a preventative measure and enables potential victims to take control of their life and make an informed decision about whether to stay with somebody or not at the earliest possible stage.