Clare’s Law (sometimes referred to as the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme) gives a member of the public the right to ask the Police if their partner may pose a risk to them.
It also means that a member of the public can make enquiries into the partner of a close friend or family member.
It works like this;
1) To make an application, a member of the public needs to either telephone the Police on 101 or visit their local station and notify the officer that they wish to make an application under ‘Clare’s Law’. They’ll need to provide their name, address and DOB.
2) Once an application is made, Police and partner agencies will carry out a range of checks.
3) If the checks reveal a record of abusive offences, or suggest a risk of violence, they’ll consider sharing the information.
4) If Police decide to reveal information (this is called making a disclosure) this will be done in person; none of the disclosure will be in writing. This will usually be made to the person at risk. This is unless, in the circumstances, someone else is better placed to use the information to protect the person at risk from abuse.
More information can be found on both the Metropolitan Police and Essex Police websites:
Domestic Abuse Contact Information
Female Victims of Domestic Abuse
|Click the links below for contact details
and further information.
|National Women's Aid 24 hour free helpline||Keeps an up-to-date list of all refuge accommodation across the country.|
|National Centre for Domestic Violence||Provides help with getting an injunction.|
|Rights of Women||Provides information to women concerning legal rights.|
|Victim Support||Offers free confidential support to anyone, whether or not the crime has been reported to the police, and has a drop-in service in Thurrock.|
|Asylum Aid||Provides free legal representation and advice to asylum seekers and refugees, helping women fleeing serious human rights violations to gain protection in the UK.|
|Chinese Information and Advice Centre||Confidential support for Chinese women who are victims of domestic abuse on a range of issues, with female volunteers who speak English, Mandarin and Cantonese.|
|Jewish Women's Aid||An organisation run by Jewish women for Jewish women and children who have been subjected to domestic abuse.|
|Southall Black Sisters||Provides information, advice, advocacy, practical help, counselling and support to Asian and African-Caribbean women and children experiencing domestic abuse and sexual abuse, including marriage and honour crimes.|
|National Stalking Helpline||Provides information, help and support and advice to those who are, or who feel they may be, victims of stalking.|
|Forced Marriage Information & Forced Marriage Unit||Guidance and support for those who have been, or are being, forced to marry against their will.|
|Domestic Abuse (Essex Police)||Information about, and support for sufferers of, domestic abuse and how Essex Police can help.|
Male Victims of Domestic Abuse
|Men's Advice Line||A confidential helpline for all men experiencing domestic violence by a current or ex-partner, including heterosexual and same-sex relationships.|
|ManKind Initiative||A helpline offering advice and emotional support.|
|Childline||A free, private and confidential service offering support and advice to children regarding any problem, situation or pressure they may be facing.|
Disability Support Groups
|Thurrock Coalition||Offers support and advice for residents of Thurrock with both physical and learning disabilities.|
|Respond||Works with children and adults with learning disabilities who have experienced abuse or trauma.|
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Victims
|Galop||National domestic violence helpline that provides confidential support to all members of LGBT communities and their family and friends.|
For Perpetrators of Domestic Abuse
|RESPECT||Confidential helpline offering advice, information and support to help you stop being violent and abusive to your partner.|