domestic violence disclosure scheme (DVDS)
Often referred to as Clare’s Law, a scheme that gives any member of the public the right to ask the police if their partner may pose a risk to them.
Under Clare’s Law, a member of the public can also make enquiries into the partner of a close friend or family member. This allows the police to disclose information about someone’s previous history of domestic abuse or violent acts.
The domestic violence disclosure scheme is named after Clare Wood who was brutally murdered in 2009 by her former partner George Appleton, who had a record of violence against women.« Back to Definitions and Interpretations