The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme, known as Clare's Law, allows you to find out if your partner poses a risk of violence or abuse.
Under Clare's Law, a member of the public can also make enquiries into the partner of a close friend or family member.
Please note that completing this form does not guarantee an immediate response. If you think you are in immediate risk please dial 999.
Based on the information you provide, we will carry out a range of checks. If these reveal a record of abuse, or suggest a risk of violence or abuse, we will consider sharing this information.
Our aim is to help people to make a more informed decision on whether to continue a relationship and provide help and support when making that choice.
If we decide to make a disclosure, this will usually be made to the person at risk. There may be times, however, where someone else is better placed to use the information to protect them from abuse.
There may also be circumstances where we will not let you know whether a disclosure has or has not been made.
If your application does not meet the criteria, it will automatically be transferred to an alternative scheme or appropriate department and shared with partner agencies if any risk or concerns are identified. You will be informed of any actions made.
The 'Right to Ask' scheme enables you to make enquiries about someone if you are worried that they may have been abusive or violent in the past. If police checks show that a person has a record of abusive or violent behaviour, or there is other information to indicate that you, or someone else, may be at risk from them, the police will consider sharing this information with you.
Under this strand of the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme, professionals may receive a disclosure even if you have not asked for one. That is because, if the police receive information about your partner or someone you live with which they consider puts you at risk of harm from domestic violence and abuse, then they may consider disclosing that information to you or another person who they consider best placed to protect you.