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Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme > Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

I am concerned about my safety in my relationship
I am concerned about someone’s safety in their relationship

I am concerned about my safety in my relationship

How do I apply?

You will need to complete and submit an application form at a police station in the pilot region where you live.

How does the Scheme work?

Once an application form has been submitted, police will undertake a risk assessment to assess whether the person who may be at risk is facing a serious threat to their life, health or safety. The police will also do a criminal history check on their current or former partner.

For applications made by people who may be at risk, the police will then set a time and date to inform them of the outcome of their application. If the police believe you are at serious risk, you will be notified of any relevant convictions within 48 hours.

For third party applications, the police will make contact with the person who may be at risk. Even where the application is made by a third party, the disclosure is made to the person who may be at risk, unless there are exceptional circumstances as determined by the police.

If the police believe the person may be at serious risk, they will be notified of any relevant convictions within 48 hours.

Who can make an application?

A person who may be at risk, or a concerned third party, such as friend, relative or professional who has an ongoing relationship with the person who may be at risk may apply for a disclosure.

To apply, the person who may be at risk must live in one of the pilot regions of the Scheme and be aged 16 years or older. The third party will also need to be aged 16 years and over to apply.

Take care when completing an application as it is an offence to provide false or misleading information in an application, and penalties apply.

What information will be disclosed?

Information on proven violent offences will be made available to the person who may be at risk through a verbal disclosure at a police station or another agreed safe place. A support service worker will be present at the disclosure.

A conviction will be disclosed where the subject of the application (i.e. the current or former partner) has a relevant offence in their criminal history.

To ensure the safety of those who may be at risk, the subject of the application will not be informed of any application or disclosure made about them.

How long does it take to get a disclosure?

All applications will be processed within two weeks. If a serious threat to the life, health or safety of any person is identified as a result of the assessment, a fast tracked disclosure will be made within 48 hours.

What will happen at the disclosure?

The police will advise the person who may be at risk at the police station or at another safe location.

A domestic violence support service will be present to provide support and help plan for their safety. The support service may also arrange other help such as translation services, trauma counselling and other specialist support as required.

The person who may be at risk may bring a friend, relative, or a professional working with them or to the disclosure.

Any person present at a disclosure will be required to sign a legal document stating that they will not misuse any information disclosed.

Can I bring a friend or support person to the disclosure?

Yes, you may bring your own support person who may be a friend or relative, or a professional working with you or your family.

What happens if my current or former partner has no relevant convictions?

If a person who may be at risk makes the application and their current or former partner does not have a relevant conviction, the police will invite the person back to the police station and tell them of the outcome in person. A support service worker will be available to offer support to further discuss their relationship concerns and help plan for their safety.

The absence of a criminal conviction does not mean there is no risk of domestic violence, and the person who may be at risk, or other concerned parties, should report any future concerns or instances of violence to police.

I am concerned about someone’s safety in their relationship

A concerned third party, such as a friend, relative or agency, may also apply. To make an application as a concerned third party, you must have an ongoing relationship with the person who may be at risk.

To apply as a third party, you will need to complete and submit an application form at a police station in the pilot region where the person you are applying for lives.

Will I receive the disclosure?

The disclosure will only be made in person to the person who may be at risk, unless there are exceptional circumstances as determined by the police. A third party may be present at the disclosure only where the person who may be at risk has invited them to be there as a support person.