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This scheme gives any member of the public the right to ask the police if their partner may pose a risk to them. It is often called ‘Clare’s Law’ after the landmark case that led to it.

This scheme also allows a member of the public to make an enquiry into the partner of a close friend or family member.

Please note: The Clare’s Law (DVDS) scheme does not replace: CRB (Criminal Record Bureau) Checks, DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checks, subject access requests or FOI requests.

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Request information under Clare's Law: Make a Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS) application

You can make a DVDS request in two ways, online or at a police station.


You'll need the following details, if possible, to make your request:

  • the full name and any previous names of the person you're applying to find out about (in the request process this person is known as the 'subject')
  • the current address and any previous addresses in the last five years for the subject
  • we’ll ask you, as part of your request, how you’d like to be contacted. We’ll only contact you that way. We’ll also ask about when it’s best to contact you, eg dates and times.

Average completion time: 15 minutes.

Please note: You won't be able to save your request as you go; you'll have two hours to complete each step of the form before it times out.

Click 'Start' below to begin your request.

At a police station

You can go to any police station to make a request. A police officer or member of police staff will take down some details and talk you through the next steps. 

You'll be asked to give your:

  • name
  • address
  • date of birth