Tag: Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme

Bedfordshire Police makes it easier for domestic abuse victims to access information about potential risk

Bedfordshire Police is making it easier to enquire about a partner’s violent past, as applications can be made online, via an easy-to-use secure form.

The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS), also known as Clare’s Law, was introduced in 2014. Up to now applicants had to contact police by phone, or in person, which could be difficult for someone living in an abusive relationship.

It is now hoped that the online application will encourage people to take the step to find out the possible risk before a situation escalates, and give them the opportunity to act on relevant information, or access support services to assist them with making future plans if they feel their circumstances mean they are unable to leave.

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