Clare's Law

The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme

Clare’s Law is designed to provide victims with information that may protect them from an abusive situation before it ends in tragedy. The scheme allows the police to disclose information about a partner’s previous history of domestic violence or violent acts.

If an application is made under the scheme, Police and partner agencies will carry out checks and if they show that the partner has a record of abusive offences, or there is other information to indicate that there may be a risk from the partner, the Police will consider sharing this information.

You can download and print our guidance documents below, however if you are still unclear about the scheme, you should contact your local Police Station. To make an application you will need to attend a Police Station in person where a Police Officer or member of Police Staff will take the details of what prompted your enquiry. A safe means of contacting you will be established. You will need to give your name, address and date of birth.

Are you are concerned you maybe at risk?

If you are interested in finding out more information about the scheme in relation to your own situation, you should open the guidance leaflet below.

This guidance is for you if you are in a relationship and you are worried that your partner may have been abusive in the past.

Are you concerned someone maybe at risk?

If you are interested in finding out more information about the scheme because you are concerned about a friend or family member, you should open the guidance leaflet below.

This guidance is for you if you are concerned that someone you know may be in a relationship and at risk of domestic violence.