Clare's Law, also known as the domestic violence disclosure scheme (DVDS), gives anyone concerned about the possible abusive history of their partner or the partner of someone that they know a right to ask us if they believe that they or someone they know is in a relationship with an individual that could cause them significant harm.
A disclosure request under this scheme can be made by:
- Someone who has concerns that their partner may harm them
- A third party, such as a parent, neighbour or friend who has concerns about someone’s safety
How do I make a Clare's Law request?
If you would like to make a request under Clare's Law, you can do so by calling us on 101 or visit your local police station.
What happens after I make the request?
Once an application has been made, we will carry out a range of checks along with other partner agencies. If we find a record of abusive offences, or if we feel there is a risk of abuse or violence, we will consider sharing this information.
If we do decide to make a disclosure, we will always do so in person. This will be made to the person at risk.
The aim of this information is to help people make a more informed decision on whether to continue with their relationship, as well as providing help and support when making the choice.
How can I find out more?
You can find out more about Clare’s Law by visiting the government website: Clare's law to become a national scheme - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)