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New UK guidance ensures all forms of domestic abuse are recognised

On 8 July 2022, the Home Office published new Domestic Abuse statutory guidance that expanded the definition of domestic abuse beyond physical violence to include controlling or coercive behaviour and, for the first time, economic abuse. The guidance aims to equip the police, local authorities and healthcare practitioners with the tools to provide victims and survivors of abuse with easier access to tailored support that meets their complex needs and circumstances. The Domestic Abuse Act 2021 also recognises children who see, hear or experience domestic abuse as victims in their own right.

You can read the statutory guidance under the Domestic Abuse Act 2021 here.


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