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November 6, 2023
Newfoundland and Labrador’s Interpersonal Violence Disclosure Protocol Act, also known as Clare’s Law, is a significant step towards ensuring the safety of individuals who feel at risk of intimate partner violence.
“Our goal is to empower victims and their loved ones with the relevant information they need to make informed decisions, creating a safer environment for all. Clare’s Law is a crucial step towards achieving this, and I encourage everyone to familiarize themselves with this legislation, and to lend a helping hand in times of need,” says Nunatsiavut President Johannes Lampe.
Inspired by the tragic story of Clare, a young woman in the United Kingdom who lost her life to a violent ex-boyfriend, the legislation allows people to access information about their partners’ past and make informed choices about their own safety.
The implementation of Clare’s Law in Newfoundland and Labrador makes the province the third jurisdiction in Canada to adopt this legislation, demonstrating its importance in protecting vulnerable individuals. To apply for disclosure under this act, you must be a resident of Newfoundland and Labrador, have reasonable concerns for your safety or wellbeing while in a current or former intimate partner relationship, and be willing to meet with the police.
Detailed information about the application process can be found at www.gov.nl.ca/clareslaw
If you are a victim, you can reach out to your local Department of Health and Social Development office for support or dial 911 for immediate assistance. Additionally, the Domestic Violence Help Line can be accessed through calling or texting at 1-888-709-7090.