Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS): Clare's Law

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The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS), also known as Clare’s Law, launched in 2014. 

DVDS introduces recognised and consistent procedures for disclosing information.

DVDS enables a person who is/was in an intimate relationship with a previously violent or abusive individual to make informed choices about continuing in that relationship or about their personal safety if no longer in the relationship.

Right to ask

“Right to ask” is triggered by a member of the public applying to the police for a disclosure. You can make the application directly about your current or ex-partner. If you are a friend or family member (or any other third party) you can make an application if you are concerned that someone you know may be in a relationship and is at risk of domestic abuse. 

We will assess the application, complete appropriate checks and engage with the person at risk as required.

Right to know

“Right to know” is triggered by the police making a proactive decision to disclose information to protect a potential victim. Applications can also be made by professionals in other organisations who hold information or intelligence that an individual they are working with may be at risk or pose a risk to others.

Disclosures are managed and delivered by the Protecting Vulnerable Persons (PVP) Department, and a decision to involve any partner agencies in the support plan will be made on a case by case basis.

The scheme is open to both men and women.

You can apply by contacting us on 101.

Further information on the DVDS scheme for victims and for third parties is in the leaflets below.

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