Clare’s Law is the informal name for the Police Domestic Abuse Disclosure Scheme.
It is named after Clare Wood who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend George Appleton in 2009. During the investigation in to the murder, her family found that Appleton had a history of violence against women, including repeated harassment, threats and the kidnapping at knifepoint of an ex-girlfriend. Her family started a campaign, with the support of MPs and the Association of Chief Police Officers, that resulted in the scheme being set up.
Clare’s Law gives you the right to ask the police if your partner may pose a risk to you. Once you have made the request, the police and partner agencies will check their records. If the checks show a record of abusive offences, or suggest a risk of violence or abuse, the police will consider whether to share this information with you.
The police will give you any information that they share to you in a face-to-face meeting, and you will not be given copies of any records or documents.
The aim is to help you to make a more informed decision about whether to continue a relationship and to provide help and support when you are making that choice.
Can someone else use Clare’s law on my behalf?
Yes. If a family member or a friend is worried about you, they can make an application for information to the police.
If the police decide there is information you should know, they will tell you, even if it was someone else who made the application.
How to make an application
You can go to the police station in person where a police officer or member of police staff will take details of your enquiry, and agree a safe way to contact you with any further information.
You can also phone the non-emergency number, 101.
You can find out more about Clare’s Law and the Police Domestic Abuse Disclosure Scheme here