The Department for Work and Pensions has published a new guide to the services they provide for victims of domestic abuse.
It outlines the different benefits available to those who need them, such as housing benefit, jobseekers’ allowance and discretionary housing payments. It also explains the rules concerning child maintenance.
The guidance notes begins by insisting that domestic violence and abuse are “still a huge problem in our society, with far-reaching and devastating impacts.”
It then moves on to the currently accepted definition of domestic abuse:
“…any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality.”
The guide also notes that the current definition has been expanded beyond physical violence and now includes emotional, psychological and financial abuse.
“The government is fully committed to the prevention of abuse and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has a range of measures designed to support people who flee violent and abusive households.”
Read the guide here.
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