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Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (Clare's Law)

The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS) commenced in Dorset on 8 March 2014.

Clare's Law - the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme
Clare's Law - the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme

Commonly known as Clare's Law, the scheme is named after Clare Wood who was murdered by her boyfriend in 2009. The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS) allows information about an individual's history of domestic abuse to be disclosed to a new partner. The scheme is for anyone in an intimate relationship regardless of gender.

Under the 'right to ask' element of the DVDS, members of the public can make an application for a disclosure.

Under the 'right to know' element of the DVDS partner agencies can also request that disclosure is made of an offender's past history where it is believed that someone is at risk of harm.

Anybody can make an enquiry, but information will only be given to someone at risk or a person in a position to safeguard the victim.

The DVDS is based on risk management and enables potential victims of domestic abuse to receive information about the history of their partner to enable them to make an informed decision about the relationship. The scheme also enables potential victims to be signposted to specialist domestic abuse services.

Members of the public who wish to make an application under the DVDS are asked to call Dorset Police on 101.

Further information can be found in the Clare's Law leaflet.

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To make an application for information under Clare's Law, call Dorset Police on 101.

If a crime is in progress or life is in danger, please dial 999.