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The definition of Domestic Abuse under the Domestic Abuse Act 2021 (DAA) has been extended to include controlling and coercive behaviour, physical and sexual abuse as well as economic abuse.
Coercive control has been a criminal offence since 2015 with the scope being widened in 2022 to take these changes into account. This definition also includes clarification that the victim of coercive control has no need to be a cohabitee with the perpetrator.
Domestic abuse can sometimes continue post separation, especially during the divorce and financial remedy proceedings. By way of example, the more vulnerable financial party could be concerned by mounting legal fees and therefore feel additional pressure to accede to the other party’s (possibly unreasonable) demands; there could be unequal ownership of assets and therefore the appearance to the victim of unequal bargaining power; there could be the threat of the withdrawal of financial support from the perpetrator leaving the victim fearing for his or her financial future; there could also be the deliberate lengthening or complete disengagement with the court process with the intention of wasting the victim’s financial resources.
Despite such behaviour from the perpetrator, there are often things that can be done to ensure that a fair outcome is reached in respect of division of family assets on divorce. For example:
These applications should not be taken lightly. However, victims of domestic abuse should be reassured that there are always things that can be done to counteract any unreasonable actions by the perpetrator.
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