The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS) pilot, better known as Clare’s Law, has recently started in Greater Manchester, but will Merseyside follow suit?

The home secretary, Theresa May, said in a written statement to MPs that a consultation on a national disclosure scheme on domestic violence had raised concerns about its possible misuse. Photograph

The scheme offers people a formal mechanism to make enquiries about an individual who they are in a relationship with, or who is in a relationship with someone they know, and have a violent or abusive past.

This information may be disclosed via a request from a member of the public (“right to ask”) or by an agency where a proactive decision is made to consider disclosing the information in order to protect a potential victim (“right to know”).

If police checks show that a person may be at risk of domestic abuse from their partner, the police will consider disclosing the information. 

A disclosure under this scheme can be made by:

•Someone who has concerns that their partner may harm them

•A third party, such as a parent, neighbour or friend who has concerns about someone’s safety.

Information will only be given to someone who is in a position to use the information to protect someone from abuse.  A third party person reporting concerns, would not necessarily receive the information.

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