To mark International Women’s Day on 8 March, global law firm Hogan Lovells has published a pro bono report exploring “Legal Remedies for Economic Abuse”. This report, published in collaboration with the charity, Surviving Economic Abuse is the first of its kind in the UK.
The report is a professional’s guide through the various legal routes for compensation, and practical issues to navigate, when someone is experiencing economic abuse.
Economic abuse is a form of domestic abuse. It involves the control of a partner’s or ex-partner’s economic resources, including money and the things that money can buy, such as accommodation, food, or transport. Despite affecting the majority of those experiencing domestic abuse in the UK, economic abuse is rarely given focus in public and political spheres. However, it can be devastating and has long-lasting effects for individuals who have or are experiencing abuse even after leaving a perpetrator.
The report has an innovative focus on the importance of reparations for this specific group of survivors, and advocates for more reparations to be paid to those who are or have experienced abuse through the criminal justice system. To inform the recommendations, Hogan Lovells consulted with experts from the charity, Surviving Economic Abuse to highlight a few key areas of change, including:
Hogan Lovells partner Richard Lewis said, “This report covers a range of possible routes of reparation for those who have experienced abuse who are or were in an intimate relationship with their perpetrator at a relatively high level, to be as helpful as possible to as many people as possible. This report aims to help professionals working with those who have experienced or are experiencing abuse navigate the legal routes to redress available. We are pleased to have worked on the report alongside Surviving Economic Abuse Charity”.
Dr Nicola Sharp Jeffs, CEO and Founder of Surviving Economic Abuse said, “Economic abuse keeps those who have or are experiencing abuse tied to a perpetrator unable to reach safety and rebuild their lives independently. It is vital that the legal sector looks at routes to compensation, both to obtain economic justice and as a practical way for those experiencing abuse to gain the economic safety which is often jeopardised by such abuse. We are delighted to have worked with Hogan Lovells to produce this report which provides practical steps for professionals to use legal channels available to them and help survivors move on with their lives. We pay tribute to the survivors who have bravely shared their experience in this report.”
Last year, Hogan Lovells was separately appointed as a “Beacon” by the Employers’ Initiative on Domestic Abuse (EIDA), building on its longstanding membership of EIDA and furthering the firm’s commitment to tackling domestic abuse. Hogan Lovells joined six other law firms to launch the Domestic Abuse Response Alliance (DARA) to provide pro bono legal advice and representation to survivors of domestic abuse in need of protective injunctions.
Hogan Lovells also has a team of Domestic Abuse Champions who have already taken part in the first of a two-part training session with Hestia and was successful in its application for an Everyone’s Business award which was announced in December last year. The award recognises the firm’s work supporting its people and their families who are affected by domestic abuse, as well as shining a light on the terrible impact of abuse and encouraging other employers to take action too.
SEA thanks the members of the EEG who contributed their experience to this guide. We also thank associate Jade Rigby, senior associate Rhian Lewis and partner Richard Lewis, who led on this report from Hogan Lovells.
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