Clare’s Law, or the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS) allows any member of the public the right to ask the police if their partner may pose a risk to them. Under Clare’s Law, a member of the public can also make enquiries into the partner of a close friend or family member.
The scheme is for anyone who wants to find out if someone they are in a relationship with poses a risk to them.
If police checks show the person has a record of abusive offences, or suggest a risk of violence or abuse, the police will consider sharing this information.
If the police decide to share the information it will usually be to the person at risk. This is unless someone else is better placed to use the information to protect the person at risk from abuse (e.g. if the person at risk is a young person or a vulnerable adult).