What is the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme?
The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme provides members of the public a ‘right to ask’ Police where they have a concern that their partner may pose a risk to them or where they are concerned that the partner of a member of their family or a friend may pose a risk to that individual.
If an application is made under the scheme, Police and partner agencies will carry out checks and if they show that the partner has a record of abusive offences, or there is other information to indicate that there may be a risk from the partner, the Police will consider sharing this information.
How to find out more information about the scheme.
If you are interested in finding out more information about the scheme in relation to your own situation, you should open the guidance leaflet provided - this guidance is for you if you are in a relationship and you are worried that your partner may have been abusive in the past.
If you are interested in finding out more information about the scheme because you are concerned about a friend or family member, you should open the guidance leaflet provided - that guidance is for you if you are concerned that someone you know may be in a relationship and at risk of domestic violence.
Both these guidance documents are downloadable and can be printed and are also available on the website provided below.
If you are still unclear about the scheme, you should contact your local Police Station and ask to speak to a member of staff from the Community Safety Unit.
How to make an application
To make an application you will need to attend a Police Station in person where a Police Officer or member of Police Staff will take the details of what prompted your enquiry. A safe means of contacting you will be established. You will need to give your name, address and date of birth.