Although very useful, it is still not widely known about the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme, often referred to as Clare’s Law.

This enables members of the public to request information from the Police if they have concerns that their partner may pose a risk to them.

Family and friends are also able to make the request if they have concerns for somebody close to them, although information provided to them by the Police could be very limited.

The Police will consider providing information to you if police checks show that your partner has a record or violent behaviour, or if there is information that your partner could pose a risk to you. This then helps a person decide whether to continue a relationship with that person.

An application can be made by contacting the Police on 101. If there is an immediate risk of harm to somebody, or it is an emergency, you should always dial 999.

In the first instance the Police will take information such as personal details, why the enquiry is being made and a safe way to contact you. This information enables to Police to decide if there are any immediate concerns.

A face-to-face meeting will then be held to complete the application and proof of identity will need to be provided. It can take up to 35 days for the Police checks to be completed on a partner, but if at any time the Police consider a person to be at risk, they will take immediate action.

A Police manager will then make a decision whether to disclose information and to whom, and any safety plans that need to be implemented to offer protection.

Any information received under this scheme should be treated as confidential. Any information received can be used to keep yourself safe, to keep children involved in the situation safe, to enquire as to what support is available and to request advice as to how to try and keep yourself and others safe.

If you are a victim of Domestic Abuse and require further support, please contact Nicola McCourt at our Boston Office on 01205 311511, or a member of our team.

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