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Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS)

Information from the police:

 

Domestic violence and abuse is a devastating crime that shatters the lives of victims and families.

 

The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS) – often referred to as “Clare’s Law” after the tragic case of Clare Wood, who was murdered by her former partner in Greater Manchester in 2009 – was rolled out across all 43 police forces in England and Wales.

 

The Scheme allows the police to disclose information regarding an individual’s previous violent and abusive offending to their partner, where this may help protect them from further violence and abuse.

 

Based on the information provided within an application, we will carry out a range of checks. If these reveal a record of abuse, or suggest a risk of violence or abuse, we will consider sharing this information.

 

Our aim is to help people to make a more informed decision on whether to continue a relationship and provide help and support when making that choice.

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