Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme
The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (also known as ‘Clare’s Law’) commenced on 8 March 2014, across England and Wales.
Right to ask
Under the scheme an individual can ask police to check whether a new or existing partner has a violent past. This is the ‘right to ask’. If records show that an individual may be at risk of Domestic Violence and Abuse from a partner, the police will consider disclosing the information. A disclosure can be made if it is legal, proportionate and necessary to do so.
Right to know
This enables an agency to apply for a disclosure if the agency believes that an individual is at risk of Domestic Violence and Abuse from their partner. Again, the police can release information if it is lawful, necessary and proportionate to do so.
Further information: GOV.UK website