Domestic Violence and Abuse Disclosure Scheme

Here you will find information on the Domestic Violence and Abuse Disclosure Scheme (DVADS) Northern Ireland, which was introduced on 26 March 2016.

 DVADS is a police operated scheme that lets a person (aged 16 or over) make inquiries to the police where they are concerned that their partner, or the partner of someone that they know (such as a friend or family member), has a history of abusive behaviour.  The scheme will be important in helping to address risk to potential victims, allowing them to make an informed choice on whether they wish to continue in their relationship.  The guidance, which is non-statutory and should not be regarded as authorative legal advice, is primarily for those involved in the operation of the scheme.

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