Overview

We’re gathering feedback to inform the development of regulations and the implementation plan for the new Disclosure to Protect Against Domestic Violence (Clare’s Law) Act. Once implemented, Clare's Law will allow people at risk of domestic violence find out if their partner has a violent or abusive past.

Alberta has the third-highest domestic violence rates among Canadian provinces. Half of all young women and girls who are victims of domestic homicide are murdered by someone with a prior conviction. This law will help prevent domestic violence by giving people at risk the information they may need to protect themselves from harm.

Timeline

  • Open

    July 13, 2020

  • Results under review

  • Completed

Who is listening

Ministry of Community and Social Services

Get involved

Phase 2 of the engagement will gather feedback from key organizations and people with experience helping survivors of domestic violence, lived experience and unique community and cultural perspectives related to addressing domestic violence.

Online

Share your feedback by taking the online survey by July 13, 2020.

Take the survey

Phase 1 of the engagement took place in July 2019 and consisted of stakeholder engagement roundtable sessions. These sessions gathered feedback from a variety of stakeholders with experience helping those affected by domestic violence, and helped inform the development of the legislation.

Outcomes

Your feedback will help inform the regulations and implementation plan for Alberta’s version of Clare’s Law, expected to be implemented in 2021.

About Clare’s Law in Alberta

The Disclosure to Protect Against Domestic Violence (Clare’s Law) Act received royal assent on October 30, 2019 to help prevent domestic violence by allowing people to make informed choices about potentially harmful relationships.

Clare’s Law allows:

  • The right to ask: people at risk have the option to ask if their partner has a history of domestic violence
  • The right to know: police can proactively disclose relevant information to people at risk, without an application
  • The right to privacy: personal information will be safeguarded and only relevant details will be disclosed

Protecting the public from domestic violence and abuse is the primary goal of Clare’s Law.

Last updated: June 29, 2020