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This article was published on August 1st, 2022
Domestic abuse can come in many forms and includes controlling coercive and manipulating behaviour. It is not limited to actual physical abuse but extends to, psychological, sexual, emotional and financial abuse. The new guidance that was set out by the government at the beginning of July will identify the different types of domestic abuse and is a huge step forwards in recognising all domestic abuse victims. The government hope that by doing this, they will raise awareness and understanding about the impact that domestic abuse can have on both the victim and their family.
The Domestic Abuse Act 2021 statutory guidance will guarantee that victims are supported and have access to frontline support that addresses the complexity of their needs by guaranteeing that the police, medical professionals, and local authorities have the required resources and knowledge to provide victims and survivors with specialised support.
Beyond physical violence, the statutory definition of abuse included in the Act encompasses a variety of abusive behaviours, including emotional, controlling or coercive behaviour, and, for the first time, economic abuse. Children who see, hear, or suffer domestic abuse are recognised as victims in their own right under the Domestic Abuse Act of 2021.
The new government guidance will also ensure that the complexity of domestic abuse is properly understood by professionals that are dealing with domestic abuse victims. By setting out best practice approaches and encouraging everyone to work together to support victims, the government hopes to tackle this abhorrent crime head-on.
If you have been a victim of domestic abuse we can help. Our experienced solicitors can offer advice and explain the steps available to you. We recognise that we have a large role to play in supporting victims and survivors of domestic abuse. Our specialist solicitors can help you through the process should it be necessary to apply to the court for an order.
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