Harrogate police bid to help victims of abuse

Police have launched the scheme

Police have launched the scheme

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A crackdown on domestic violence across North Yorkshire has been launched.

North Yorkshire Police is launching its Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS) in a bid to protect victims.

The DVDS, also known as Clare’s Law, introduces procedures for police to consider the disclosure of information to relevant parties.

The intention of the scheme is to provide information regarding a previously violent person in order to allow potential victims to make informed decisions regarding their relationships and their safety.

The scheme has two functions.

The ‘right to ask’ allows individual members of the public to seek information on individuals through the police, who will decide, should the information exist, whether or not it should be disclosed.

The ‘right to know’ where the police are in receipt of information about a previously violent individual who may cause harm to another.

The force will consider if information needs to be disclosed, even if the information has not been asked for.

Detective Superintendent Heather Pearson heads the force’s Protecting Vulnerable Persons’ Units.

She said: “The scheme ensures that those who have concerns around their safety or the safety of a friend or relative, in respect of a new or existing relationship, can proactively do something about it under the right to ask part of the scheme.

“Once an initial risk assessment is undertaken to ensure no-one is at imminent risk, then the case will be managed by the Protecting Vulnerable Persons Safeguarding Unit and specially trained Domestic Abuse Officers.

“It often takes a great deal of courage for someone to accept that a relationship is an abusive one and North Yorkshire Police work with a range of partner agencies to provide help and support for victims and their families as well as working with the perpetrators of the abuse.

“Every request under the scheme is extensively researched.

“It is likely that one of the Domestic Abuse Officers or a specially trained officer will meet with the person requesting the information to identify any concerns.”

l All applications should be made via the Force Control Room.

To make an application under the scheme a person can call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 1 and speak to the Force Control Room.

More details at www.northyorkshire.police.uk