The Disclosure to Protect Against Domestic Violence (Clare’s Law) Act Comes into Effect

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Domestic violence can happen to anyone.

Alberta continues to experience high rates of family violence that have increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Leela Sharon Aheer, Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women.

Today, a new domestic violence legislation coming into effect— The Disclosure to Protect Against Domestic Violence (Clare’s Law) Act.

If you feel you are at risk of domestic violence, starting from April 1, 2021, you can apply for a disclosure to find out if your intimate partner has a history of domestic violence or related acts.

If you feel someone else you know is at such as risk, you can apply for disclosure on the person’s behalf

  • if you have that person’s consent. Or,
  • if you are a legal guardian or have legal authority of that person.
File an online disclosure application here: https://www.alberta.ca/clares-law.aspx

Any information released cannot be shared and must be kept confidential.

Saskatchewan, Newfoundland and Labrador introduced their versions of this legislation in 2020 and 2019 respectively.

Family violence is a crime. To receive help:
  • Call 911 if you or someone you know is in immediate danger.
  • Call the Family Violence Info Line at 310-1818 to get help anonymously in more than 170 languages, or find family violence and domestic violence supports.

Word of the Day:

Disclosure: the act of revealing secret information

* Information in this post is taken from the official news release of the Alberta government’s website on March 30, 2021.

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