Clare's Law - The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme
Find out more about the domestic violence disclosure scheme
What is Clare's Law?
The domestic violence disclosure scheme, also known as Clare's Law, gives anyone a right to ask the police if they believe that they or someone they know is in a relationship with an individual that could be abusive towards them.
You can find out more on this page.
How do I make a Clare's Law request?
If you would like to make a request under Clare's Law, you can do so by filling in our online form. Alternatively you can also visit your local police station. You should only use the form if the person you think is at risk lives in the West Midlands. If the person lives outside of our policing area, find the nearest police force to them on the national police website.
After the form has been received and our initial enquiries have been completed, you may be asked to come to a face to face meeting with a police officer. If you are asked to this meeting, you should bring two forms of ID, with at least one being photographic ID.
What happens after I make the request?
Once an application has been made, we will carry out a range of checks along with other partner agencies. If we find a record of abusive offences, or if we feel there is a risk of abuse or violence, we will consider sharing this information.
If we do decide to make a disclosure, we will always do so in person. This will normally be made to the person at risk, but in certain circumstances someone else may be in a better position to use the information to protect the person.
The aim of this information is to help people make a more informed decision on whether to continue with their relationship, as well as providing help and support when making the choice.
How can I find out more?
You can find out more about Clare’s Law and the application process by downloading the relevant leaflet below, or by visiting the government website.
- A victim's guide to the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme
- A third party's guide to the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme
You can find out more about the domestic abuse disclosure scheme by visiting the government's website.