On Friday 8th July, the Domestic Abuse Act 2021 statutory guidance was published. This document is designed to support organisations to identify and respond to domestic abuse.
Dr Nicola Sharp-Jeffs, CEO and Founder of Surviving Economic Abuse said,
We’re pleased to see the statutory guidance on Domestic Abuse published. Alongside victim-survivors of abuse, SEA called for the Domestic Abuse Act to recognise and define economic abuse in law for the very first time and it is encouraging to see this form of control highlighted within the guidance. Ensuring every professional who works with victim-survivors has a shared understanding of economic abuse will prove crucial to ensuring abuse is recognised and victim-survivors are better supported. To this end, we are particularly pleased that the guidance shares a link to our Economic Abuse Guide for victims developed with Money Advice Plus. We are also delighted that, for the first time, financial services (banks, building societies etc.) are recognised as a relevant stakeholder when responding to domestic abuse.”
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