The scheme aims to prevent domestic abuse by empowering both men and women with the right to ask about the background of their partner, potential partner or someone who is in a relationship with someone they know, and there is a concern that the individual may be abusive.
The scheme aims to enable potential victims to make an informed choice on whether to continue the relationship, and provides further help and support to assist the potential victim when making that informed choice.
Right to Ask is the powerful message behind the new scheme. Police Scotland is empowering potential victims of domestic abuse with the right to ask about their partner. In the past, it could have been difficult for someone entering a new relationship to find out or be aware if their partner had prior convictions for violence or domestic abuse.
If police checks show that the individual has a record of abusive behaviour; or there is other information to indicate the person you know is at risk, the police will consider sharing this information with the person(s) best placed to protect the potential victim.
The police will discuss your concerns with you and decide whether it is appropriate for you to be given more information to help protect the person who is in the relationship with the individual you are concerned about.
What is the Disclosure Scheme for Domestic Abuse Scotland?
The aim of this scheme is to give you a formal mechanism to make inquiries about your partner if you are worried they have been abusive in the past.
If police checks show your partner has a record of violent behaviour; or there is other information to indicate that you may be at risk from your partner, the police will consider sharing this information with you.
The scheme aims to help you to make a more informed decision on whether to continue a relationship, and provides further help and support to assist you when making that choice.
Who is this form for?
This form is for everyone who wants to apply to the Scheme either for themselves or another person. It is for both members of the public and for professionals.
This application form is for the pilot of the Disclosure Scheme for Domestic Abuse Scotland only.
That means only people who live in one of the pilot areas are eligible to receive disclosures under the Scheme
What will happen once I submit the form?
Once you submit the form you will have formally applied to the Disclosure Scheme for Domestic Abuse Scotland. Police Scotland will process the application – including conducting checks and meeting with you, the applicant.
At the end of the process a decision will be made as to whether or not a disclosure will be made.
What if I live outwith Scotland?
If you live outwith Scotland you should contact your local police force for information.
If you live in England and Wales there is a very similar scheme to DSDAS called the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (also known as Clare’s Law), which is operated by the police forces there.