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.
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.