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Dealing with Post-Separation Abuse

This week, commencing 18th September 2023, is Post-Separation Abuse Awareness Week, implemented by the abuse charity Kaleidoscopic UK. By implementing the awareness week, Kaleidoscopic are aiming to draw attention to the prevalence and reality of post-separation abuse.

As of April 2023, post-separation abuse is now counted under the Serious Crimes Act (2015) which made coercive and controlling behaviour an offence.

Post-separation abuse is patterns of abuse that continues after a relationship has ended. Abuse can include but is not limited to financial, emotional and physical abuse (including stalking, harassment, etc).

To raise awareness and to support victims and survivors of post-separation abuse, we are sharing some resources from Stowe Talks, as well as some external support.

Dealing with post-separation abuse

In this podcast, Caron Kipping discusses post-separation abuse with our two Stowe lawyer hosts, Matt Taylor and Liza Gatrell.

She explains what post-separation abuse is, its impact and how to move forward.

Caron also discusses financial abuse and parenting alongside an abusive ex-partner.

Listen on Spotify

Watch on YouTube

Coercive control – Watch on YouTube – Webinar with Dr Emma Katz, one of the world’s leading academic experts on coercive control, covering post-separation coercive control.

Moving on from an abusive ex-partner

In this Bristol Break-up Club, Stowe lawyer Joanna Newton, Divorce Coach Claire Black and Caron Kipping discuss moving on from an abusive ex-partner and the emotional impact of post-separation abuse.

Watch on YouTube

Parenting alongside a toxic ex

Stowe Talks episode with Sara Davison, one of the UK’s leading divorce coaches and NLP Master Practitioner. Sara talks through how to parent with an abusive ex-partner.

Watch on YouTube

Male victims of abuse

Tom Nash, Divorce & Business Coach, explores the challenges of male domestic abuse and what support is available for victims.

Watch on YouTube

If you are in immediate danger, contact the police immediately on 999.

Or you access support at the following:

  • National Domestic Violence Helpline – 0808 2000 247
  • Solace Advice Line – 0808 802 5565 – [email protected]
  • Mankind Initiative support for male victims – 01823 334244
  • The Mix, free information and support for under 25s in the UK – 0808 808 4994
  • Galop, National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline – 0800 999 5428
  • Refuge National Domestic Abuse – 0808 2000 247
  • Samaritans Helpline: 116 123

The blog team at Stowe is a group of writers based across our family law offices who share their advice on the wellbeing and emotional aspects of divorce or separation from personal experience. As well as pieces from our family law solicitors, guest contributors also regularly contribute to share their knowledge.

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  1. Alienated Father says:

    Emma Katz appears to believe women are not capable of coercive control. She also denies Parental Alienation exists.

    This is despite it being simple enough to find PA victims, always children, usually fathers, occasionally mothers, all over youtube. Millions of accounts of wrecked lives.

    Dr Katz and her fellow misandrists are gaslighting the vast majority of these victims, which is bad enough in itself.

    Far worse is that they encourage the family courts to do the same in denying PA. Also Cafcass, who really need no further encouragement to remove fathers from children’s lives, their record in doing so is a national disgrace.

    Gaslighting is a feature of coercive control. Perhaps that should be considered before giving a platform to such “expert”.

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