What is its function?
Clare's Law, or the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme, has two functions:
The 'right to ask' - this enables someone to ask the police about a partner’s previous history of domestic violence or violent acts. A precedent for such a scheme exists with the Child Sex Offender Disclosure Scheme; and
The 'right to know' - police can proactively disclose information in prescribed circumstances.
The Domestic Violence Protection Orders approach has two stages:
The first stage - where the police have reasonable grounds for believing that a perpetrator has used or threatened violence towards the victim and the victim is at risk of future violent behaviour, they can issue a Domestic Violence Protection Notice on the spot, provided they have the authorisation of an officer at Superintendent rank.
The second stage - magistrates' court must then hear the case for the Protection Order itself within 48 hours of the Notice being made. If granted, the Order may last between a minimum of 14 days and a maximum of 28 days. This strikes the right balance between immediate protection for the victim and judicial oversight.
How do I make a request for information?
To make an application you must contact Northumbria Police by:
Completing our Clare's Law Domestic Violence Disclosure form
This facility is not monitored 24/7 and should NOT be used to report emergencies and incidents or to pass on urgent information to police. In an emergency, always telephone 999.
Always remember, if somebody's life is in danger or a crime is taking place, phone 999.
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