A new Interpersonal Violence Disclosure Protocol Act is in effect, known as Clare's Law

    Friday, 3 November 2023 07:00

    By Tonya Organ

    Clare’s Law is named after Clare Wood, a British woman who was murdered by her ex-partner in 2009.

    Government has initiated the Interpersonal Violence Disclosure Protocol Act, commonly known as Clare’s Law, which is aimed at increasing the safety for individuals in intimate relationships who are at risk of violence from their partners. This brings regulations that mean applications can be made online or in-person at a police station. Clare’s Law is named after Clare Wood, a British woman who was murdered by her ex-partner in 2009. Wood’s family fought for a disclosure protocol that would enable individuals to obtain information from police about a partner’s documented history of violence, in hopes they may safely leave relationships when a risk of violence may be present. Newfoundland and Labrador is the third jurisdiction in Canada to pass a law based on Clare’s Law. 

     

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