Clare’s Law has seen 156 applications made

PICTURE POSED BY MODELS.  DOMESTIC ABUSE OF PREGNANT WOMEN. PIC:  JULIE HOWDEN  1/2/07'DOMESTIC ABUSE'MALE VIOLENCE'PREGNANCY'PREGANT
PICTURE POSED BY MODELS. DOMESTIC ABUSE OF PREGNANT WOMEN. PIC: JULIE HOWDEN 1/2/07'DOMESTIC ABUSE'MALE VIOLENCE'PREGNANCY'PREGANT

More than 150 people have requested details of their partner’s violent history since Clare’s Law was rolled out to Scotland in October.

There are a further 71 cases in which Police Scotland consider they have the “power to tell” a member of the public that his or her partner has a domestic violence record.

The scheme is named after 36-year-old Clare Wood who was strangled and set on fire by her ex-boyfriend George Appleton in Greater Manchester in 2009. She did not know he had a history of domestic violence.

There were 156 applications from members of the public in Scotland in the first few weeks of the scheme, which was rolled out on October 1.

An unknown number of those were in the Greater Glasgow area, and of the 227 bids before Police Scotland between October 1 and November 18, 35 were approved in that period with seven resulting in information being released.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said the process takes up to 45 days, so a decision has not yet been made in the majority of the cases presented to them.

She added: “Each request is considered by a multi-agency panel to determine whether disclosure is lawful, necessary and proportionate to protect the individual from their partner.”

The figures include the “right to ask”, where information is requested, and “power to tell”, where police can tell potential victims about a threat without being prompted.

Among the “horrific” incidents were honour violence and abuse that lasted nearly 50 years.

Police Scotland deputy chief constable Rose Fitzpatrick said the scheme is about allowing individuals to protect themselves and their families from harm, as well as offering support.

“We want to stop domestic abuse in all its forms and this scheme takes us closer to that aim. Help is also available for the abuser,” she added.

“They have the opportunity to take responsibility for their actions. If they don’t, we will.”