The purpose of Clare’s Law is to provide members of the public with a way to make enquiries about an individual who they are in a relationship with, or who is in a relationship with someone they know if they suspect that the individual may be abusive toward their partner.
Anyone can make a request for disclosure if there is concern that an individual may harm their partner, not just the potential victim. However, just because a third party has made the application it would not necessarily mean that the disclosure is made to them; it may be more appropriate for someone else to receive the information.
Right to Ask and Right to Know
The Right to Ask gives the victim (actual or potential), third parties (neighbours, friends and relatives) and agencies the ability to make an application to the scheme.
The Right to Know is when the police make a proactive decision to disclose details when they receive information to suggest a person may be at risk.
How to make an application
You can make a request to the Police by:
- Visiting a police station. To find your nearest station click here.
- Phoning 101, the non-emergency number for the police
- Speaking to a member of the police on the street
If there is an immediate risk of harm to someone, or it is an emergency, call 999.