Guidance for Maracs: Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS)

Guidance for Marac practitioners on how to DVDS manage cases

This resource provides guidance for Maracs on the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS), previously known as ‘Clare’s Law’. The DVDS provides a set of recognised procedures for sharing information with a victim, or potential victim, of domestic violence and abuse; and to provide consistency in the way disclosures are managed.

This guidance document outlines the risk assessment process to identify if disclosure of a case is appropriate to ensure that legal constraints around information sharing are respected and the resources of the Marac are appropriately used.

It is important that a victim of domestic abuse has already been identified as being at high risk of harm before a referral to the Marac is made.

This guidance resource contains:

  • What is the purpose of the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme?
  • The role of the Marac
  • What if the case is not assessed as ‘high risk’?
  • Under what circumstances would a disclosure not be made?
  • Are there any timeframes for disclosure?
  • Right to ask
  • Right to know
  • How do we record disclosures?
  • Where can I get further guidance on the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme?
  • Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme flow chart

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