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A Bespoke Version of Claire’s Law to be Launched in Northern Ireland

A scheme aimed at helping to keep people safe has been introduced in Northern Ireland, four years after its introduction in England and Wales in 2014 and two years after its introduction in Scotland in 2016. This landmark decision will let people in Northern Ireland find out if their partner has a history of domestic violence and give them the right to ask the police to investigate if they are at risk and find out about their partner’s past convictions and complaints. This scheme is welcomed by domestic violence campaigners in Northern Ireland and it will allow people to make informed decisions about entering into relationships and, hopefully, work as a preventative measure and help to reduce the number of violent incidents within intimate partner relationships.

At Edwards & Company we have extensive experience in dealing with cases in relation to domestic violence and we are proud to have attained the Workplace Charter on Domestic Violence. We are committed to responding sensitively and effectively to those needing help and support. By displaying the Safe Place logo in our office, victims can be sure of a safe and secure environment where solicitors can assist by discussing your options with you confidentially and informing you of your potential choices.

The Courts treat domestic violence as a very serious offence and strict conditions are placed on abusers. It is important, if you are a victim of domestic violence, that you seek advice immediately. The Family and Matrimonial Department at Edwards & Company understand the sensitive nature of these incidents and can assist you quickly and confidentially in order to offer the support and advice you need.

For more information and advice please contact Carla Fraser.