Clare's Law - The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme
Find out more about the domestic violence disclosure scheme
What is Clare's Law?
The domestic violence disclosure scheme, also known as Clare's Law, gives anyone a right to ask the police if they believe that they or someone they know is in a relationship with an individual that could be abusive towards them.
You can find out more or make an application below.
How do I make a Clare's Law request?
After the form has been received and our initial enquiries have been completed, you may be asked to come to a face to face meeting with a police officer. If you are asked to this meeting, you should bring two forms of ID, with at least one being photographic ID.
What happens after I make the request?
Once an application has been made, we will carry out a range of checks along with other partner agencies. If we find a record of abusive offences, or if we feel there is a risk of abuse or violence, we will consider sharing this information.
If we do decide to make a disclosure, we will always do so in person. This will normally be made to the person at risk, but in certain circumstances someone else may be in a better position to use the information to protect the person.
The aim of this information is to help people make a more informed decision on whether to continue with their relationship, as well as providing help and support when making the choice.
How can I find out more?
You can find out more about Clare’s Law and the application process by downloading the relevant leaflet below, or by visiting the government website.
- A victim's guide to the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme
- A third party's guide to the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme
You can find out more about the domestic abuse disclosure scheme by visiting the government's website.