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How does the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme work?

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The scheme works in two ways

A right to ask

This is where information is disclosed following a request from a member of the public. 

A right to know 

This is where we make a decision to disclose details when we receive information to suggest a person could be at risk. 

A disclosure will only be made when a request meets a strict set of criteria. The scheme cannot be used as a dating agency by people considering a new relationship and the person ‘at risk’ has to have been in an intimate relationship with their partner for a period of time. 

Information we release includes previous criminal convictions but may also include any relevant intelligence held about that person. 

A disclosure will only be made to the person or people who are best placed to safeguard the person at risk.