The Domestic violence disclosure scheme – ‘Clare’s Law’ became a national scheme in March 2014.
Under the scheme, an individual can ask the police to check whether a new or existing partner has a violent past (‘right to ask’). If police checks show that a person may be at risk of domestic violence from their partner, the police would consider disclosing the information. The scheme also looks at how the police can proactively release information (‘right to know’) to protect a person from domestic violence where it is lawful, necessary and proportionate to do so. Both processes can be implemented within existing legal powers.