More than 1,500 people have been informed by their partner’s abusive past since the introduction of a new disclosure.

The Disclosure Scheme for Domestic Abuse in Scotland (DSDAS) was created by Police Scotland in 2015.

Year on year, the number of requests for disclosure has continued to increase, with more than 3,500 requests for disclosure made since October 2015.

In the year to date, more than 1,360 referrals have been received. Applications from individuals using their “right to ask” have increased by almost 40 per cent in the last 12 months.

Assistant Chief Constable Gillian MacDonald, strategic lead for crime and protection, said: “Domestic abuse affects all of Scotland’s communities. It is a despicable and debilitating crime and DSDAS gives us the chance to prevent abuse before it occurs.

“The scheme provides an incredibly important opportunity for people who have concerns about a new partner’s abusive past to seek information from the police to help ensure their own safety.”