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Clare's law - domestic violence disclosure

Clare’s Law is the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme. It's named after Clare Wood, who was murdered in 2009 by her ex-boyfriend who had a history of violence against women.

The scheme allows you to ask us about the information we hold on a person in relation to domestic abuse offences and convictions.

Disclosures provide you with domestic abuse information we hold on an individual

If our checks show that the individual has a record of violent behaviour or something that may put you at risk of harm, we will consider sharing this with you.

Domestic abuse or violence disclosure guidance

Disclosures will only be given to the person best placed to protect the potential victim and who needs to know the details to keep them safe. For example, if you are a third party applicant who is worried about the safety of someone else, you may not be the best person to receive the information.

Our officers always aim to keep the confidentiality of the applicant. We plan all disclosures to minimise the risk of harm to those concerned. If you receive a disclosure, it should also be treated as confidential.

If information is disclosed to you, it must be understood that it's only being given to you so that you can protect yourself, or someone you know. For safety purposes, we ask you not to share the information unless an officer has agreed for you to do so.

You can use disclosures to;

  • keep yourself safe
  • keep children and those involved safe
  • ask what support is available
  • ask for advice on how to keep yourself safe.

Apply for domestic disclosure information

Domestic abuse or violence disclosure applications can be made by;

You can apply for information about your own partner or as a third party if you are worried about the safety of someone you know.

If you are a third party applicant, you must have some sort of relationship with the potential victim, such as sibling, parent, friend, work colleague or neighbour. You must be able to provide details of the person who is potentially at risk of harm and the person who is thought to cause the risk.

Domestic disclosure application process

Once you've applied for a disclosure, we'll carry out checks as soon as we can. An officer will be assigned to your disclosure application and a visit will be arranged. The visit will be a face-to-face interview to confirm who you are gather further details.

We aim to complete all disclosure requests within 35 days, but timescales vary between applications. If we believe someone is in immediate danger of domestic abuse or violence, appropriate action will be taken.

We may also meet with other safeguarding agencies such as the National Probation Service, Prison Service or local council social services . The group would discuss the information you provided to see whether they have any other related information. This multi-agency meeting will decide whether a domestic violence disclosure is lawful, necessary and proportionate.

More information on domestic violence, protection orders and coercive or controlling behaviour can be found on GOV.UK.

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