Today marks day thirteen of 2021’s 16 days of action against Domestic Abuse. Anybody can be a victim; anybody can access help. The team at Ringrose Law are available to guide you through the process so please contact us.

If you or someone you know is being abused, there are options of reporting. You can contact the Police, Women’s Aid, Ringrose Law and many other organisations. However, you also have the option of applying to the Police for a Domestic Violence Disclosure (or Clare’s Law).

A Clare’s Law disclosure allows anybody to ask the Police if their partner is a risk or a family member to ask the Police if their loved ones Partner is a risk – the reason the disclosure process is called Clare’s Law is due to the Court case which led to the introduction of the disclosure system in/around 2014.

If you are aged 16 years or older and are concerned about your Partner or the Partner of somebody you know, you have a right to request information upon them. The disclosure process is very simple, you fill out a form with your Police force and they then consider the National database. After the initial application is made, it is likely a Police Officer will contact you for a face to face meeting to establish what is needed and what information they should be considering. Thereafter and if there are any relevant findings, a multi-agency decision takes places to determine what exactly should be shared. Any disclosure will be made to you or an individual who can safeguard/protect you; if there is no disclosure to be made, you will be advised of this and the process then would conclude.

A Clare’s Law disclosure could also occur in a situation where an offence/other information triggers the Police to disclose information in a ‘right to know’ scenario. This would occur when no request by yourself/family member has taken place but rather when the information is needed to be shared.

Please do note – if you are in danger, call 999… a Clare’s Law disclosure request should not be used in place of reporting a crime in progress or where there is a danger to life. The Police have a duty to protect members of the public – if you think you could be in danger and want to consider a Clare’s Law disclosure, please consult your local Police.

If Ringrose Law can assist with any Orders, please contact our team who are always happy to help.

Call 01522 561020 or email wecanhelp@ringroselaw.co.uk

 

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