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Complainant Name:
Dr Steven Field

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Daily Mail

Complaint:

Dr Steven Field complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had breached Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice in an article about the launch of Clare's Law. He said that the article had not made clear that the new law, which gives people the right to know if a partner has a history of domestic violence, applies to both men and women.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved after the PCC negotiated the publication of the following clarification in the newspaper:

"Following an article on March 8 about ‘Clare's Law', which allows police to disclose information about a partner's previous convictions for domestic abuse, we are happy to clarify that the scheme applies to men as well as women."

The newspaper amended the headline of the online article so that instead of reading "Now women can be told of their partner's violent past thanks to new law named after tragic murder victim", it read "Now people can be told of their partner's violent past thanks to new law named after tragic murder victim." It also amended two references to women having the right to know to read "people", and appended a note to the bottom of the article which read:

"Following an article on March 8 about ‘Clare's Law', which allows police to disclose information about a partner's previous convictions for domestic abuse, we are happy to clarify that the scheme applies to men as well as women."

Date Published: 30/05/2014



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