What is Clare's Law?

The Home Office has introduced a scheme allowing police to disclose to individuals details of their partners' abusive pasts will be extended to police forces across England and Wales.

It follows a successful 14-month pilot in four other police force areas, which provided more than 100 people with potentially life-saving information.

Clare's Law, also known as the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS) provides people with the information they need to escape an abusive situation before it ends in tragedy.

The national scheme will ensure that more people can make informed decisions about their relationship and escape if necessary.

This is one of a raft of measures this government has introduced to keep women and girls safe. The systems in place are working better but sadly there are still too many cases where vulnerable people are let down. Today is an important step towards ensuring we do better by women like Clare Wood in the future.

How do I make a request for information?

To make an application you must contact Northumbria Police by:

Always remember, if somebody's life is in danger or a crime is taking place, phone 999.