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Steady use made of Northern Ireland’s new ‘right to ask’

[vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1489792662097{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”][vc_column css=”.vc_custom_1489792637103{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1532604791863{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”][/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Northern Ireland’s police service is receiving around five requests a week from people asking if a partner, relative or friend has a history of domestic violence.

 

The so-called Clare’s Law was launched in the province last March. Since then 70 people have contacted police, the Belfast Telegraph reported.

 

An average of five people are killed in incidents of domestic violence each year in Northern Ireland, and more than 80 domestic violence and abuse incidents happen every day, adding up to 30,000 a year, according to the Department of Justice.

 

It released the figures as it began seeking people’s opinions on the issue with a view to improving how domestic abuse is tackled by authorities. The deadline for comments is 28 September. “Domestic violence and abuse remains significantly under-reported,” the department said.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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