FV Information Disclosure Scheme - 16 December 2015

Partners, family and friends can now request Police to advise if a person has a history of family violence.

Concerned friends or family can also make the request under the new Family Violence Information Disclosure Scheme (FVIDS).

Police will consider disclosure on a case-by-case basis and only after applying a legal test to ensure it is lawful.

Disclosure must be within 20 days of application but where there is a serious threat to a partner and/or their children, an urgent disclosure can be made within 24 hours.

This is based on a UK initiative known as Clare’s Law.

See more at this link:

https://nzfvc.org.nz/news/police-introduce-family-violence-disclosure-scheme

Note though that as most family violence goes unreported, not having a police record is no guarantee that someone has not been an abusive in the past or does not use abusive behaviours that aren't criminal.

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