This form isn't for reporting domestic abuse. If you need to do that, please report a crime here

The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme is often called ‘Clare’s Law’ after the landmark case that led to it. Clare’s Law gives 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.

Please note: The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme doesn't replace Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks, subject access or freedom of information (FOI) requests and the new Disclosure and Barring Service. 

If someone is in danger or at risk

If you or someone you know is being abused you can tell us about this, either by calling 101 or onlineIf you're deaf or hard of hearing, use our textphone service on 18001 101.

If there's an immediate risk to someone's safety, please call 999. If you're deaf or hard of hearing, use our textphone service 18000 or text us on 999 if you’ve pre-registered with the emergencySMS service.

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Request information under Clare's Law: Make a Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS) application

You can make a Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS) request under Clare's Law in two ways, online or in person at a police station.


Online

You'll need the following details, if possible, to make your application:

  • the full name and any previous names of the person you're applying to find out about (the subject)
  • the current address and any previous addresses in the last five years for the subject


Average completion time: 15 minutes.

Please note: You won't be able to save your application as you go; you'll have two hours to complete each step of the form before it times out.

Click 'Start' below to begin your online application.

At a police station

You can go to any police station to make an application. A police officer or member of police staff will take down some details and talk you through the next steps. 

You'll be asked to give your:

  • name
  • address
  • date of birth

A safe means of contacting you will be agreed and we'll carry out some initial checks to make sure there are no immediate risks or concerns. If there are, or if you tell us a crime has happened (domestic abuse is a crime), we may act on that.


What happens after I make an application?

We aim to do an initial review of the application within 24 hours to assess whether:

  • the application will progress
  • there is any immediate or imminent risk


If the application does progress it will be referred to a team / unit to follow up and they'll aim to contact you about a face to face meeting, if one is required, within 10 working days of your application being made. 

Please note: we’ll ask you, as part of your application, how you would like us to contact you and we’ll only contact you in that way. We’ll also ask you for any information we need to know about contacting you, for example when it’s a good time to call you.

At the face to face meeting you'll need proof of your identity, ideally a form of photo ID also which confirms your date of birth and address (e.g. passport or driving license).

We will accept other forms of ID in certain circumstances, such as a trusted form of photo ID, birth certificate, utility bill or bank statement.

If this application does result in us disclosing information, then the information will be shared with the person who is at risk of harm and / or the person who is in the best position to safeguard the individual from harm.

If you are applying on behalf of someone else, it is unlikely that we will disclose information to you. If any risk is identified, then safeguarding action will be taken by the police and / or our partner agencies.

We'll aim to complete the application within 35 working days but there might be reasons why an application can't be completed within this time.

If an application can't be completed within 35 days we will let you know.

If you need to see or speak to the police sooner than this, please consider contacting us in an alternate way; you can report online or call 101

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