Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (Clare's Law)

The aim of this scheme is to give you a formal mechanism to make enquiries about your partner if you are worried that they may have been abusive in the past.

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 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 third party can also make enquiries through the Clare’s Law Scheme about an individual who is in a relationship with someone they know, and they have a concern that the individual may be abusive towards their partner. 

The Police will consider sharing information with the person(s) best placed to protect the potential victim.

Police will discuss your concerns with you and decide whether it is appropriate for you to be given more information to help protect the person who is in the relationship with the individual you are concerned about. This provides help and support to assist the potential victim when making that informed choice. The scheme is available to anyone, regardless of gender or sexuality.

Applications can be made by attending your local Police Station, or calling 101.