Request information under Clare's Law: Make a Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS) application
You can make a DVDS request in two ways, online or at a police station.
You'll need the following details, if possible, to make your request:
the full name and any previous names of the person you're applying to find out about (in the request process this person is known as the 'subject')
the current address and any previous addresses in the last five years for the subject
as part of your request, you'll be asked how you’d like to be contacted. You'll only be contacted that way. You'll also be asked ask about when it’s best to contact you, eg dates and times.
Average completion time: 15 minutes.
Please note: You won't be able to save your request as you go; you'll have two hours to complete each step of the form before it times out.
Click 'Start' below to begin your request.
At a police station
You can go to any police station to make a request. A police officer or member of police staff will take down some details and talk you through the next steps.
You'll be asked to give your:
date of birth
A safe means of contacting you will be agreed and some initial checks will be carried out to make sure there are no immediate risks or concerns. If there are, or if you say a crime has happened (domestic abuse is a crime), the police may act on that.
What happens after I make a request?
The police will aim to do an initial review of the application within 24 hours to assess whether:
the application will progress
there is any immediate or imminent risk
If the application does progress it will be referred to a team / unit to follow up and they'll aim to contact you about a face to face meeting, if one is required, within 10 working days of your application being made.
At that meeting you'll need to bring proof of your identity, ideally photo ID which has your date of birth and address on it (eg a passport or driving licence).
If you don't have a passport or driving licence, we may accept another form of photo ID, a birth certificate, utility bill or bank statement.
If the police do decide to share information about the person you've made a request about, that information will only be shared with the person who is at risk of harm or the person who is best placed to protect that person from harm.
If the police think someone is at risk, they or their partner agencies, will take action.
The police aim to complete applications within 35 working days, but there may be reasons why it takes longer than this. If it does, you will be told.