Information for practitioners

Information for practitioners on how to provide the best support to victims and survivors of VAWG.

Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS) or Clare’s Law

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The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS), also commonly known as Clare’s Law, is a police power which means members of the public can ask the police for information on their partner’s criminal history, this is called the 'Right to Ask'.

Police also hold a duty to make a disclosure on their own initiative if they receive information about the violent or abusive behaviour of a person that may impact on the safety of that person’s current or ex-partner, this is called the 'Right to Know'. This information may be helpful in identifying potential risk.

Who can ask for a disclosure

You can make an application to the police about your partner if you have a concern that they may harm you.

A third party - for example, a parent, sibling, neighbour or friend - can also make an application to the police if they are concerned you may be harmed.

How to apply for a disclosure

Applications can be made by attending a police station or by requesting information under Claire's Law on the Metropolitan Police website.

For more information about the scheme, see the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme guidance on the GOV.UK website.

Clare's Law factsheet

You can download the factsheet to print and give to colleagues or residents to raise awareness about Clare's Law and how to apply.

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