The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme and domestic violence protection notices and orders
The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme and domestic violence protection notices and orders

The following Family practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme and domestic violence protection notices and orders
  • Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme
  • Guidance
  • Domestic violence protection notices and orders
  • Domestic violence protection notice
  • Domestic violence protection order

Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme

The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS), often known as Clare’s Law, was rolled out across England and Wales on 8 March 2014 .

It is designed to provide victims with information that may protect them from an abusive situation. The scheme enables members of the public to ask the police for information in circumstances where they are concerned that their partner may pose a risk to either the person making the inquiry or to a child of that person. The scheme is also available to the family and friends of a person that they fear is at risk.

The aim of the scheme is to introduce recognised and consistent procedures for disclosing information that will enable a partner (A) of a previously violent individual (B) to make informed choices about whether and how A takes forward that relationship with B.

All requests are thoroughly checked by a panel made up of police, probation services and other agencies to ensure information is only passed on where it is lawful, proportionate and necessary.

The DVDS has two distinct entry routes that may lead to a disclosure being made.

  1. right to ask:

    1. this enables someone to ask the police about a partner’s previous history of domestic violence or violent acts

    2. a precedent for such a scheme exists with the Child Sex Offender Disclosure Scheme

    3. if records show an

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