Disclosure Scheme for Domestic Abuse Scotland
The Disclosure Scheme for Domestic Abuse Scotland (DSDAS) aims to prevent domestic abuse by giving people the right to ask about the background of their partner.
It also allows concerned members of the public, such as relatives and friends, the right to ask about someone’s partner if they are concerned that person has been abusive in the past. If a disclosure of information is deemed necessary, lawful and proportionate, the person potentially at risk, or the person best placed to safeguard that individual, will receive information.
DSDAS also gives Police Scotland the power to tell individuals that they may be at risk in their current relationship. This means we have the power to disclose information to a person, even although it was not asked for. Where we have information that a person may be at harm of domestic abuse by their partner, we have the power to tell them.
DSDAS enables potential victims to make the choice on whether to remain in the relationship. Police Scotland and our partners can then provide further help and support to assist them with their decision.
You can also attend at any police station where an application form will be completed for you. Alternatively, print off a copy of the application form and post it to: Police Scotland’s Domestic Abuse Coordination Unit, Clyde Gateway, 2 French Street, Dalmarnock, Glasgow G40 4EH.
What happens next?
Once you submit a DSDAS application form the information is passed to one of Police Scotland’s specialist domestic abuse departments. The information you provide is processed and added to the DSDAS database. Police systems are checked and we might need to contact you for more information however we’ll explain that to you via your preferred method of contact. If you chose to remain anonymous, it is important that you complete as much information on the application form as possible.
At the end of the process and in consultation with our partners, a decision to disclose information is made where it is deemed necessary, lawful and proportionate. The person potentially at risk, or person best placed to safeguard that individual, will then receive information.
- Asking on behalf of someone else (PDF)
- Making an application about your partner (PDF)
- Domestic Abuse Disclosure Form Poster (PDF)
Enquiries out with Scotland
Please note, the Disclosure Scheme for Domestic Abuse Scotland is available where the person potentially at risk resides in Scotland.
In England or Wales, the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (also known as Clare’s Law) is in operation and you should refer to your local police service for information.
In Northern Ireland please contact the Police Service of Northern Ireland for more information. If the person potentially at risk lives elsewhere, please contact the police in that area.