Clare’s Law is the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme. It's named after Clare Wood, who was murdered in 2009 by her ex-boyfriend who had a history of violence against women.
The scheme allows you to ask us about the information we hold on a person in relation to domestic abuse offences and convictions if you believe that you or someone you know is in a relationship with an individual that could cause them significant harm.
Disclosures provide you with domestic abuse information we hold on an individual. If our checks show that the individual has a record of violent behaviour or something that may put you at risk of harm, we will consider sharing this with you.
A disclosure request 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
How do I make a Clare's Law request?
If you would like to make a request under Clare's Law, you can do so by calling us on 101 or visit your local police station.
What happens after I make the request?
Once an application has been made, we will carry out a range of checks along with other partner agencies. If we find a record of abusive offences, or if we feel there is a risk of abuse or violence, we will consider sharing this information.
If we do decide to make a disclosure, we will always do so in person. This will be made to the person at risk.
The aim of this information is to help people make a more informed decision on whether to continue with their relationship, as well as providing help and support when making the choice.
How can I find out more?
You can find out more about Clare’s Law by visiting the government website: Clare's law to become a national scheme - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
If you are worried that a friend, neighbour or loved one is a victim of domestic abuse then you can visit www.noexcuseforabuse.co.uk for details of the support services in Lancashire.
Ring us on 101 or if you are in immediate danger call 999
|National Domestic Violence Helpline||0808 2000 247|
|The Men’s Advice Line||0808 801 0327|
|Galop - the leading LGBT anti-violence & abuse charity||0300 999 5428|
|The Samaritans||0845 790 9090|
|Respect||a confidential and anonymous helpline for anyone concerned about their violence or abuse towards a partner or ex-partner 0808 802 4040|
|0808 16 89 111|
National Health Service (NHS)
|Trust Ed - Teenagers can get support information on Lancashire Constabulary's young persons|