Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme - Clare’s Law

Clare's Law Campaign

West Yorkshire Police is launching a new campaign encouraging anyone with concerns about their current or ex-partner to use their ‘right to ask’ to check whether they have a history of domestic abuse.

The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme, also known as Clare’s Law, has been in place in West Yorkshire since 2014. The number of requests has been increasing over recent years but West Yorkshire Police is keen to ensure that all members of the public are aware of their right to ask whether their partner or ex-partner poses a risk to them.

Applications can be made by males or females over the age of 16-years-old in heterosexual or same-sex relationships. If police checks show that the partner or ex-partner has a record of abusive behaviour or there is other information to indicate the applicant may be at risk, a multi-agency decision will be taken on what information should be shared.

Click here to read our Clare's Law Campaign news release

Scroll down to read more about Clare's Law and how you can apply and use your right to ask.

 

YouTube Video – Eilish Kagbo, Independent Domestic Violence Advocate

 

YouTube Video - Detective Superintendent Jon Morgan explains Clare's Law


Clare's Law - your right to ask - how to make a request

Police forces are allowed to disclose information to a potential victim and have a duty to protect members of the public from domestic abuse.

A disclosure under the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (Clare’s Law) may be generated by a:

  • Right to know obligation on the police to disclose; or
  • Right to ask application from a member of the public.

The following documents provide more information on how to apply for information under the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme, and cover the following : -

  • What is the scheme?
  • Who can ask for disclosure?
  • How to make an application
  • The next steps

Along with support information and telephone helplines.
 

Claire's Law (front cover)

Clare's Law - In a relationship Request

If you are in a relationship and are worried that your partner may have been abusive in the past (PDF 7mb)

 

Clare's Law - Third Party Request

Concerned about someone you know who is in a relationship and may be at risk of domestic abuse (PDF 7mb)

 

 

 

Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (Clare’s Law) Disclosure Requests

The data below shows the number of disclosure requests (both right to know and right to ask) recorded by West Yorkshire Police and the number of disclosures made.

It is the responsibility of a Multi-Agency Decision Making Body as to;

  • whether a disclosure should be made;
  • what should be disclosed;
  • who a disclosure will be made to;
  • who should make the disclosure;
  • whether the views of the subject should be sought about making the disclosure;
  • whether the subject should be informed that a disclosure has been made; and
  • whether and what additional safeguarding action should be taken to protect a potential victim.
     

West Yorkshire Police has seen an increase in Clare’s Law requests between 2016 and 2017 with right to ask applications increasing by 48.5% and right to know by 202.5%.  The force strives to ensure that all victims or potential victims are effectively safeguarded against perpetrators of domestic abuse.

 

The first half of 2018 has seen a further increase, almost triple the amount of requests, of both right to know and right to ask compared with the same period in 2017.

 

2018

January – March 2018

Month

No. Right to Ask Requests

No. Right to Ask Disclosures

No. Right to Know Requests

No. Right to Know Disclosures

Jan 2018

15

6

34

22

Feb 2018

11

6

31

21

Mar 2018

18

1

28

16

Qtrly TOTAL

44

13

93

59

YTD TOTAL

44

13

93

59

 

April – June 2018

Month

No. Right to Ask Requests

No. Right to Ask Disclosures

No. Right to Know Requests

No. Right to Know Disclosures

Apr 2018

18

7

25

16

May 2018

13

4

36

30

June 2018

15

5

29

16

Qtrly TOTAL

46

16

90

62

YTD TOTAL

90

29

183

121

 

July – Sept 2018

Month

No. Right to Ask Requests

No. Right to Ask Disclosures

No. Right to Know Requests

No. Right to Know Disclosures

Jul 2018

14

5

54

34

Aug 2018

20

6

41

24

Sept 2018

19

3

30

12

Qtrly TOTAL

53

14

125

70

YTD TOTAL

143

43

308

191

 

 October - December 2018

Month

No. Right to Ask Requests

No. Right to Ask Disclosures

No. Right to Know Requests

No. Right to Know Disclosures

Oct 2018

21

6

28

20

Nov 2018

21

10

52

25

Dec 2018

18

9

33

21

Qtrly TOTAL

60

25

113

66

YTD TOTAL

203

70

421

260

 

2017

January – March 2017

Month

No. Right to Ask Requests

No. Right to Ask Disclosures

No. Right to Know Requests

No. Right to Know Disclosures

Jan 2017

5

2

5

2

Feb 2017

3

0

11

10

Mar 2017

8

2

8

7

Qtrly TOTAL

16

4

24

19

YTD TOTAL

16

4

24

19

 

April – June 2017

Month

No. Right to Ask Requests

No. Right to Ask Disclosures

No. Right to Know Requests

No. Right to Know Disclosures

Apr 2017

5

1

10

8

May 2017

9

6

17

15

Jun 2017

7

5

5

2

Qtrly TOTAL

21

12

32

25

YTD TOTAL

37

16

56

44

 

July – September 2017

Month

No. Right to Ask Requests

No. Right to Ask Disclosures

No. Right to Know Requests

No. Right to Know Disclosures

July 2017

8

3

13

12

Aug 2017

8

4

13

12

Sept 2017

9

6

13

12

Qtrly TOTAL

25

13

39

36

YTD TOTAL

62

29

95

80

 

October – December 2017

Month

No. Right to Ask Requests

No. Right to Ask Disclosures

No. Right to Know Requests

No. Right to Know Disclosures

Oct 2017

9

6

14

12

Nov 2017

18

7

21

14

Dec 2017

12

4

26

19

Qtrly TOTAL

39

17

61

45

YTD TOTAL

101

46

156

125

 

2016

January – March 2016

Month

No. Right to Ask Requests

No. Right to Ask Disclosures

No. Right to Know Requests

No. Right to Know Disclosures

Jan 2016

1

0

5

3

Feb 2016

5

2

5

1

Mar 2016

7

2

12

5

Qtrly TOTAL

13

4

22

9

YTD TOTAL

13

4

22

9

 

April – June 2016

Month

No. Right to Ask Requests

No. Right to Ask Disclosures

No. Right to Know Requests

No. Right to Know Disclosures

Apr 2016

5

2

9

3

May 2016

9

5

6

6

Jun 2016

5

2

5

5

Qtrly TOTAL

19

9

20

14

YTD TOTAL

32

13

42

23

 

July – September 2016

Month

No. Right to Ask Requests

No. Right to Ask Disclosures

No. Right to Know Requests

No. Right to Know Disclosures

Jul 2016

8

1

5

5

Aug 2016

8

3

2

1

Sept 2016

3

0

12

8

Qtrly TOTAL

19

4

19

14

YTD TOTAL

51

17

61

37

 

October – December 2016

Month

No. Right to Ask Requests

No. Right to Ask Disclosures

No. Right to Know Requests

No. Right to Know Disclosures

Oct 2016

4

0

6

6

Nov 2016

5

1

6

3

Dec 2016

8

3

4

3

Qtrly TOTAL

17

4

16

12

YTD TOTAL

68

21

77

49

 

Police forces are allowed to disclose information to a potential victim and have a duty to protect members of the public from domestic abuse under the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme - also known as "Clare’s Law".