The aim of the scheme is to give members of the public a formal mechanism to make enquiries about an individual they are/were in a relationship with where there is a concern that the individual may be violent or abusive towards them. It also allows a person to enquire about an ex-partner, if concerned about their own safety, when no longer in the relationship. This is known as the 'right to ask'.
Third parties may make an enquiry on behalf of a potential or existing victims if they have some form of contact with that victim (e.g. parent, neighbour, friend). Enquiries can also be made in relation to ex-partners.
If police checks show that the individual has a record of violent behaviour, or there is other information/intelligence to indicate that the person is at risk, the police will consider sharing this information with the person(s) best placed to protect the potential victim.
The scheme aims to enable potential victims to make a more informed decision on whether to continue a relationship and provides further help and support to assist individuals when making that informed choice.
To make an enquiry
Call or email 101
What will happen
- The police will ask if anyone is in immediate danger. If someone is in danger the call will be treated as an emergency.
- If it is not an emergency the police will ask whether you are enquiring for yourself or for someone else.
- You will be connected through to a call handler to discuss the matter
- Your details will be taken and then the person who is being checked details will be taken. If you are reporting on behalf of someone else your details will still be taken.
- A log will be made of the enquiry.
- The caller will be advised that the application will be processed.
- The police will check again that no-one is in any immediate danger.
- The police will remind the caller to ring 999 if they become fearful or to check this section of the website for further advice and support.
No disclosure will be made at the time of the call.
Information will ONLY be given to the person at risk or to those who are in a position to safeguard the potential victim.
Please read the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme leaflet for more information.
This leaflet is also availabe in easy-read format.