Right to ask helps empower people

Chief Inspector Damian Armstrong
Chief Inspector Damian Armstrong

Since the launch of the Disclosure Scheme for Domestic Abuse in Scotland (DSDAS), on October 1, 2015 there have been 1044 requests for disclosure with 371 people being told their partner has an abusive past.

The scheme aims to prevent domestic abuse by empowering both men and women with the right to ask about their partner’s background – if they have a concern about them.

The DSDAS scheme aims to enable potential victims to make an informed choice on whether to continue the relationship and also provides further help and support.

Right to ask is the powerful message behind this scheme. Police Scotland is helping to empower potential victims.

If police checks show that the individual has a record of abusive behavior, or there is information to indicate the person is at risk, officers will consider sharing this with the person(s) best placed to protect them.

Domestic abuse is a top priority for Police Scotland with around 20 per cent of police time nationally spent dealing with incidents.

The Falkirk area is no different and some of the disclosure applications have been local. More information is available on the Police Scotland website.