Policy Backgrounder: Domestic Violence Disclosure Protocols

Domestic violence disclosure ( DVD ) protocols, often referred to as Clare’s Law, provide a process for police to disclose information to someone about their partner’s or ex-partner’s previous history of violence, including intimate partner violence.

This policy brief provides background on Clare’s Law by drawing on academic literature to outline the benefits and critiques of disclosure protocols, and how such protocols work. Based on the available research, the brief highlights policy recommendations and considerations for the implementation of DVD protocols in Canada.