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dateline: 26 November 2013

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Domestic Violence Policy Coming To England And Wales

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • policy: an adopted principle or course of action
  • take effect: to become effective
  • domestic violence: abuse of one’s spouse or partner
  • disclosure: the release or uncovering of something
  • pilot: to do an experimental test

Domestic Violence Policy Coming To England And Wales

A new policy that allows women to check the of a partner will take effect in England and Wales next year. The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme was named “Clare’s Law” in memory of Clare Wood who was killed by her in 2009. Clare met George Appleton online, and was unaware of his long history of violence against women. The new regulation will require police to look into each request. Police agencies will also offer individuals support for leaving dangerous relationships. Clare’s Law has already been piloted in parts of .

Comprehension Questions

  1. Why was this policy named after Clare Wood?
  2. What will women in England and Wales be able to do next year?
  3. What additional service will police agencies provide if a history of domestic abuse is disclosed to someone?

Discussion Question: Do you think that women should have the right to check the police records of their romantic partners? Why or why not?

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Written and recorded by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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