Clare's Law Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme application
Anybody can make an enquiry under Clare's Law (also known as the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme or DVDS), but information is only given to someone at risk or a person who is in a position to safeguard the victim.
Please read the below guidance before completing the application for disclosure.
Clare's Law is a formal mechanism to make enquiries about an individual who you are in a relationship with, or who is in a relationship with someone you know, where there is a concern that the individual may be violent towards their partner.
Anybody can make an enquiry, but information is only given to someone at risk or a person who is in a position to safeguard the victim.
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If a potentially violent individual is identified as having convictions for violent offences, or information is held about their behaviour which reasonably leads the police and other agencies to believe they pose a risk of harm to their partner, a disclosure will be made to that person at risk or a person in a position to safeguard them.
Please note: if you make the application with concern for someone else you will not receive any detail of the information disclosed as this information will only be provided to the person at risk or someone in a position to safeguard them.
Common Law allows for disclosure to be made to safeguard people and for potential victims to receive specialist support to help them deal with their relationship.
Where the local decision making forum decides that there is a risk of harm to the potential victim that warrants a disclosure, it must then decide:-
- What will be disclosed – sufficient information to allow the recipient to make an informed choice, accompanied by a robust safety plan;
- To whom the disclosure should be made, i.e. the person best placed to safeguard the potential victim, which could be the victim themselves;
- How the disclosure should be made – by which agency, preferably in person and at a safe time and place.
Members of the public who wish to make an application under the DVDS are asked to fill in the below form. Alternatively you can call Dorset Police on 101.
Please include as much information as possible in order to ensure the correct people can be identified.
To make an enquiry under Clare's Law fill in the below form. Please include as much information as possible in order to ensure the correct people can be identified.
If you or someone you know is suffering from domestic abuse report it to the police on 101. Always dial 999 in an emergency.