The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS) is often called ‘Clare’s Law’ after the landmark case that led to it. Clare’s Law gives any member of the public the right to ask the police if their partner may pose a risk to them. Under Clare’s Law, a member of the public can also make enquiries into the partner of a close friend or family member.

The application process

Once an application is made, police and partner agencies will carry out a range of checks.

If these reveal a record of abusive offences, or suggest a risk of violence or abuse, we'll consider sharing this information.

Our aim is to help people to make a more informed decision on whether to continue a relationship and provide help and support when making that choice.

If we decide to reveal what we find, also called making a 'disclosure', this will usually be to the person at risk. This is unless, in the circumstances, someone else is better placed to use the information to protect the person at risk from abuse.

There may be occasions when we won't let you know whether a disclosure has or hasn't been made.

Any disclosure will be made in person; none of the disclosure is made in writing and you won't be given any documents.

How to make an application under Clare's Law

To make an application you'll need to attend a police station in person where a police officer or member of police staff will take the details of what prompted your enquiry and talk you through the next steps.

A safe means of contacting you will be established and we'll carry out some initial checks to make sure there are no immediate concerns, if there are, or if you tell us a crime has taken place, we may act on them.

You'll need to give your:

  • name
  • address
  • date of birth

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