The Domestic Abuse Bill provides a vital opportunity to transform responses to economic abuse and to improve the lives of victims. SEA welcomes the proposed inclusion of economic abuse in the new statutory definition of domestic abuse, and the benefit this would bring to women.
Recognition of the broad nature of economic abuse will help to improve the response to domestic abuse. However, intentions to better address economic abuse within the new definition are at risk of being undermined by other Government policies that currently inadvertently facilitate it. Pertinently, the current legislation on coercive control is not in line with this wider definition of domestic abuse and needs to be reformed.
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