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Clare's law - Domestic violence disclosure scheme

The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme, commonly referred to as Clare's Law aims to provide a formal mechanism for you to make inquiries about your partner if you are worried that they may have been abusive in the past.

Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme

If police checks show that your partner has a record of abusive behaviour, or there is other information to indicate that you may be at risk from your partner, the police will consider sharing this information with you.  The scheme aims to help you to make a more informed decision on whether to continue a relationship, and provides further help and support to assist you when making that choice.  A disclosure under this Scheme is the sharing of specific information about your partner with either you or a third person for the purposes of protecting you from domestic abuse.

Anyone can make an application under the Scheme including any concerned third party such as a parent, neighbour or friend.  However, a third party person making an application would not necessarily receive information about your partner. It may be more appropriate for someone else to receive the information, such as you, or a person that is in a position to protect you from the abuse.

If you wish to make an application under the Scheme:

You can

  • visit a police station
  • phone 101, the non-emergency number for the police
  • speak to a member of the police on the street

If you believe there is an immediate risk of harm to someone, or it is an emergency, you should always call 999.


For more information about Domestic Abuse, visit our webpage