A while ago I wrote about Claire's Law (opens in new window), which allows a woman (in the majority of cases I suspect) to enquire of the police about their partners criminal record if the woman or others have concerns about the new boyfriend.
In reply, Anonymous wrote this: "Abusers can convince you that it was a one off and blame it on the
alcohol. They might even put friends and family reassure you that it was
out of character. People do not take DV as seriously as they supposed
to. That new law can be a life savior. I don't agree that someone has to
go through the police to check it. I think it should be public record."
First, I agree about the manipulation he or she mentions. It can be quite astounding what some of these people can make others believe. Many years ago I was junior counsel in a trial where the defendant had convinced ALL of the parents on his street to allow him to take "modelling" photographs of their teenage daughters. Needless …