(Since this blog was prepared, the Law Society Gazette has reported that unfortunately “Domestic Abuse legislation will fall…as a result of next month’s general election”)
More and more we are seeing clients who have been the victim of a financially controlling partner. It is not always evident to a client that they may have been subject to financial control, until we explain that Domestic Abuse is not just physical and emotional abuse.
The Domestic Abuse Bill 2019 brings about further change to the definition of Domestic Abuse to include Economic Abuse. This is defined as any behaviour that has a substantial adverse effect on a person’s ability to a) acquire, use or maintain money or property or b) obtain goods or services.
This definition is in addition to financial abuse. It does not just relate to money, food, transport but also to credit ratings and running up debts in another person’s name.
Resolution, an organisation of family justice professionals who work together with individuals to manage conflict, “also welcome the recommendation to future proof the definition of Domestic Abuse, while at the same time including specific abusive behaviour”.
Issues regarding domestic abuse need to be handled in a sensitive manner, the team at Wrigley Claydon solicitors can assist you if you believe that you are the victim of this behaviour. For a quick consultation please contact us on 0161 624 6811.
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The Family Law Team:
Draft Domestic Abuse Bill
Resolution: Domestic Abuse Draft Bill – Report of the Joint Committee
Law Gazette: Domestic abuse legislation to fall due to election
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