Cleveland’s Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger is urging victims of abuse in same-sex relationships to consider accessing a new scheme which could save lives.
The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme or ‘Clare’s Law’ allows Cleveland Police to disclose to individuals details of their partner’s abusive pasts and is being rolled out across Teesside this Saturday.
It gives people the right to ask about their partner’s history of domestic abuse, enabling them to have the full facts and make a decision whether to leave the relationship.
He said: “Same-sex domestic abuse is largely under reported across Cleveland and isn’t spoken about widely within communities. However it does happen and I would urge victims to access the scheme.
“There is work taking place across Cleveland to talk more openly about same-sex domestic abuse and support groups are available to help victims.
“We must empower victims of all genders with vital information which allows them to make an informed choice as to whether they want to break free from a future of violence.”
Joanne Fairless from Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay and Transgender charity Hart Gables said: “Evidence suggests that one in four same-sex relationships are affected by some form of domestic abuse. It’s important that we continue to raise awareness of these incidents and I would urge victims to access this new scheme.”
Posted on Friday 7th March 2014