Michael Brown BCAc
In 2009 Michael’s daughter Clare Wood, was brutally murdered by her ex-partner who had criminal convictions for violence against women. Michael learned that a loophole in the law allowed violent individuals to hide behind the Protection of Data Act. Finding out that Greater Manchester Police could not disclose this information, impelled him to seek a change in the law.
Michael’s vision was to empower individuals through a Police Disclosure Scheme, now known as ‘Clare’s Law’, enabling victims and potential victims to obtain information about previous convictions, enabling them to make an informed decision as to whether to remain in the relationship. After vigorous campaigning in 2010, Clare’s Law was founded. Following successful trials, it was adopted and became law in England in 2014, Scotland in 2016 and Northern Ireland in 2018. Clare’s Law is now being trialed in South Australia where over 25,000 cases of domestic abuse are reported annually, similar trials are being introduced in New South Wales and Canada. Michael has over the last decade been unstinting in his determination and has become an unofficial ambassador for all the families who have suffered a similar loss. He remains totally committed to saving others from the same fate as Clare.