Domestic abuse or violence is defined as:

Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality.


Your right to ask - The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme

The Home Office announced on 25 November 2013 that it would introduce a national domestic violence disclosure scheme, which would involve disclosing information about an individual’s history of domestic violence to a new partner. The scheme will provide a framework for police to disclose to individuals details of their partners’ abusive pasts. It will be extended to police forces across England and Wales from March 2014.

This follows a period of consultation and piloting. Proposals for action came following a campaign for a so-called “Clare’s law”, named after Clare Wood who was murdered in February 2009 by a man she had met on an internet dating site who had a history of violence.

On 5 March 2012, the Government published its response to the consultation, and announced that it would pilot the scheme. There had been mixed reactions to the proposal. A clear majority of respondents supported introducing a scheme, but some major domestic violence organisations and Liberty were strongly opposed, arguing that it represented a waste of resources which would be better spent improving the basic police response to domestic violence. Other domestic violence organisations welcomed the proposals, albeit with qualifications in some cases, as did the Association of Chief Police Officers and Clare Wood’s father.

Policing domestic abuse in Gwent

Gwent Police has developed a series of dedicated domestic abuse web pages to provide information on domestic abuse, and the role Gwent Police undertake, including their work with other organisations to help make people safe and protected.

You can find out more at

All Wales Domestic Abuse & Sexual Violence Helpline

Call 0808 80 10 800 (24 hours a day)

Email: info(at)



The Mankind Initiative

Helpline: 01823 334244 (Weekdays 10am - 4pm & 7pm - 9pm)

In an emergency dial 999

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