Legal options

In this section, you can find out about the variety of legal options that are out there to help you (including the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme) and what the PSNI can do to help in cases of Domestic Abuse and Sexual Abuse

DEFINITION OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE & ABUSE

Domestic Violence and Abuse is be defined as: ‘threatening, controlling, coercive behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, virtual, physical, verbal, sexual, financial or emotional) inflicted on anyone (irrespective of age, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or any form of disability) by a current or former intimate partner or family member.’

(Stopping Domestic and Sexual Violence Draft Strategy 2015)

definition of sexual violence & abuse

Sexual Violence & Abuse is defined as: ‘any behaviour (physical, psychological, verbal, virtual/online) perceived to be of a sexual nature which is controlling, coercive, exploitative, harmful, or unwanted that is inflicted on anyone (irrespective of age, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or any form of disability)’.

Domestic violence and Abuse disclosure scheme

The Domestic Violence and Abuse Disclosure Scheme is a police-operated scheme that lets you make inquiries to the police about your partner, if you’re worried they have been abusive in the past.
It also allows someone else you know to ask about your partner, if they have concerns that your partner has a history of abusive behaviour.
You must be aged 16 or over to apply to the scheme.
The person you feel may be at risk must reside in Northern Ireland.
Full details & how to apply
PSNI website link

Frequently asked questions

Domestic Violence and Abuse Disclosure Scheme