In immediate danger call the police on 999.
Otherwise, to access specialist domestic abuse support call Victim Support on 0808 168-9111 or talk via Live Chat.

Right to Ask

Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme

The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS) is often called ‘Clare’s Law’ after a landmark case of Clare Wood, who was killed in 2009 by an ex-partner who, unknown to her, had been violent to previous partners.

Clare’s Law gives any member of the public the right to ask the police if their partner may pose a risk to them. This is called ‘right to ask’. The ‘right to ask’ also enables a third party, such as a friend or family member, to apply for a disclosure on behalf of someone they know. If records show that you may be at risk of domestic abuse from a partner, the police will consider disclosing the information. Information is only passed on if it is deemed legal, proportionate and necessary to do so. The information will be passed on to the person at risk.

You can make an application under the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme by contacting the police:

  • visit a police station
  • phone UK police non-emergency number 101.  If you’re deaf or hard of hearing, use textphone service on 18001 101.
  • make an online application on Kent Police website.

If you believe there is an immediate risk of harm to someone, or it is an emergency, you should always call 999.

Domestic Violence Disclosure scheme launched in Kent and nationally on 8 March 2014. The scheme aims to ensure police forces and other safeguarding agencies across the UK use recognised and consistent procedures for the disclosure of information, enabling partners of previously violent individuals to make informed choices on whether/how their relationship continues.