The Home Office has introduced a scheme allowing police to disclose to individuals details of their partners’ abusive pasts, known as the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme.

The initiative is named after 36 year old Clare Wood who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend George Appleton in 2009.
Clare’s father has campaigned for several years for the introduction of ‘Clare’s Law’, as he remains convinced that Clare would still have been alive today had she known that Appleton had a record of violence against women.

Home Office figures show that 73 women were killed last year by a partner or ex-partner. It is hoped that the new scheme will allow more people to make informed decisions about their relationships and escape to safety if necessary.

Northumbria police implemented the scheme in the North East of England on 1st April 2014.

David Gray Solicitors LLP, based in Newcastle upon Tyne, have four solicitors who are accredited specialists in the area of domestic abuse. They have a dedicated team of lawyers who are able to see clients on an emergency same-day basis, to give appropriate advice and support. Additionally, they assist clients with obtaining emergency injunctions where this is deemed necessary to protect their safety, with excellent working relationships with local women’s refuges and support agencies, such as Women’s Aid, where they can refer clients for additional support. Please visit  for further advice and assistance.