Clare's Law Explained

19.10.12 | News

You might have heard about Clare’s Law recentley, but do you understand it?
Well we asked our friends at Victim Support Manchester if they could help us understand it and Victim Care Unit Team Leader, Chantelle, kindly wrote us a great explanation.
Aim of the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme
The aim of the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme is to give members of the public a formal mechanism to make enquires about an individual who they are in a relationship with or who is in a relationship with someone they know, and there is a concern that the individual maybe violent towards their partner.
Who can ask for a disclosure?
Under the scheme there are two options – ‘The Right To Ask and The Right To Know’.
Under the Right to Ask anyone can make an application about an individual who is in an intimate relationship with another person and where there is a concern that the individual may harm the other person. Any concerned third party, such as parent, neighbour or friend can make an application however a third party making an application would not necessary receive the information about the individual concerned. It may be more appropriate for someone else to receive the information such as the victim or another person who is best placed to protect the potential victim.
Under the Right to Know, agencies such as the police can proactively disclose information in certain circumstances. For exmaple the police may receive information about a person which puts a person at risk of doemstic abuse and they may consider disclosing that information.
How does a person make an application under the right to ask scheme?
The person wishing to make an application needs to visit a police station or phone 101 the non emergency number for the police
Process of an application
There way the scheme will work in Manchester is under a seven step process
Stage 1:
A person makes an application for a disclosure at a police station
Stage 2:
The police need to make initial checks within 24 hours of the disclosure being made
Stage 3:
The police conduct as risk assessment- if nothing comes from this then the case is closed , if not then the application moves onto stage 4.
Stage 4:
The police conduct a face to face interview with the person making the request. Id is required to be shown at this point.
Stage 5:
The decision making forum will decide if a disclosure should be made or not
Stage 6:
If a disclosure is to made the police speak to the victim and read a specialised letter with legal information to them.
If the person who made the request isnt the victim considered at risk they will not be automatically informed of the disclourse information. The decision forum will decide who else apart from the victim such be informed, if any.

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