Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (Clare's Law)

The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS) is often called ‘Clare’s Law’ after the landmark case that led to it.

The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (Clare’s Law) allows members of the public and professionals to request disclosure by the police to a potential victim of their partner’s history of domestic violence. The scheme was recommended following the murder of Clare Wood in 2009 by her former partner, who had a history of domestic violence.

The aims of The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme is to enable a potential victim to:

  • Make informed choices regarding their relationship with their partner. 
  • Take steps to better protect themselves and their children from the risk of harm from their partner.

The potential victim and the subject must be, or have been, in an intimate relationship.

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