The Yorkshire Choice Awards | Karen Betts
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The Yorkshire Choice Awards

I’d like to ask you a very special favour. A member of my close family, Michael Brown, has been nominated for the Inspirational Individual of the Year Award at The Yorkshire Choice Awards. As a result, I’d like to tell you a little about him. And more noteworthy, the fantastic work that he’s done to help to save countless lives. Lives all across the globe for that matter. And all whilst facing  a terrible tragedy.

What are The Yorkshire Choice Awards?

The Yorkshire Choice Awards seek to recognise local people and independent businesses that are inspirational. The YCA was founded by Joanne Maltby and Melanie Malcolm. The Awards demonstrate that through adversity and courage, light can shine. Furthermore, it aims to give the nominees, finalists and winners the exposure they deserve for their hard work and dedication.

About Michael Brown and Clare’s Law

In 2009, Michael Brown’s daughter, Clare Wood, was brutally murdered by her ex-partner. After the horrific tragedy, Michael identified a huge loophole in the law which allowed violent individuals to hide behind the Protection of Data Act. Because of this, Michael envisaged being able to empower individuals through a Police Disclosure Scheme. He would name it ‘Clare’s Law’ – after his late daughter.The scheme would allow any member of the public the right to ask the police if their partner may pose a risk to them. Even more, they could also make enquiries into the partner of a close friend or family member. As a result, after obtaining this potentially life-saving information, the individual could make an informed decision on whether to continue in the relationship.

Michael Brown | The Yorkshire Choice Awards

As a result of his successful campaigning and police trials, The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme, commonly referred to as Clare’s Law, was passed. First of all, it was passed in England and Wales in 2014, Scotland in 2016, and finally in Northern Ireland in 2018. Furthermore, it’s now being trialled in Australia and Canada.

Michael has worked tirelessly to warn about the dangers of meeting people through social media (something that is commonplace today), and promoted Clare’s Law far and wide. It’s an incredible thing that Michael put his own grief aside to create an amazing legacy that will help to save lives internationally. You can read about Michael’s story here.

Domestic abuse is sadly very common – it affects 1 in 4 women, and 1 in 6 men in their lifetime. Horrifyingly, domestic abuse leads to two women being murdered each week, and 30 men per year. A truly shocking statistic.

How you can help

I would be so grateful if you could click here and vote for Michael Brown in the Inspirational Person of the Year category. The voting system only allows one vote per IP address, so please do just vote once to avoid your vote becoming invalid. Voting closes on 1st February, and the winners will be announced on the 14th March at a Gala Dinner.

Important information

Would you like to request information under Clare’s Law? Click here to make your request.

If you or someone you know is being abused you can tell the police about this. Call 101 or contact them online. Are you deaf or hard of hearing? Use the text phone service on 18001 101.
Above all, if there’s an immediate risk to someone’s safety, please call 999. Are you deaf or hard of hearing? Use the text phone service 18000. Alternatively, text the police on 999 if you’ve pre-registered with the emergencySMS serviceExternal Link.

Thank you for your help, I’ll have my fingers crossed for Michael!

Karen x

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