The Domestic Abuse Bill 2019-2021, sponsored by Priti Patel and Baroness Williams of Trafford, reached the Committee Stage in the House of Lords in early 2021. This vitally important bill has faced delay after delay as a result of two general elections, the prorogation of parliament and now the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The government’s recent amendments to the Domestic Abuse Bill were designed to provide greater protection for survivors and clamp down on perpetrators. While some of the changes have been applauded – particularly the strengthened legislation around controlling or coercive behaviour – others have drawn concern from support groups. Join us for our third monthly session with Talking Circle London as we break down the Domestic Abuse Bill to understand how it supports women and girls, and the ways in which it is still falling short. In 2020 alone, 8.7 million people in the UK reported experiencing economic abuse, with 1.6 million seeing it begin as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. A pattern of controlling behaviour, economic abuse can include using credit cards without permission, gambling with family assets or even restricting access to food, clothing or employment. While economic abuse is one of the less-familiar types of abuse in the UK, its impact is no less significant. What’s more, abuse of this kind seldom happens in isolation. Led by Talking Circle London, join us to learn more about this vital issue, the patterns to look out for and the wider impact on women’s inequality.
This event will be led by Talking Circle London, as the second in our monthly series on violence against women and girls.
In this session led by Talking Circle London, an expert speaker will help us to understand the ins and outs of the Domestic Abuse Bill. In this session, we’ll explore the concept of economic abuse and learn how abusers exploit women’s economic inequality. We’ll also understand how economic abuse creates economic dependency, instability and risk.
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