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. 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 hosted by broadcaster and campaigner Charlie Webster, with contributions from Dr Nicola Sharp-Jeffs & Zaharan Sofi. Charlie Webster is an experienced broadcaster, writer and journalist across both TV and Radio. She is also an advisor to the UK's Ministry of Justice as part of the Secretary of State's Victims Panel, giving a voice to victims of sexual and domestic abuse. She heavily influenced the Victim's Strategy with No 10 in UK policy and is currently advising on the Domestic Abuse Bill, of which she successfully campaigned to change the definition of domestic abuse to include children. Dr Nicola Sharp-Jeffs is the founder and CEO of Surviving Economic Abuse (SEA). Nicola worked in the domestic abuse field for over ten years before she launched SEA in 2017, the first and only charity in the UK dedicated to raising awareness of economic abuse and transforming responses to it. Among many achievements, Nicola has influenced the highest levels of government to ensure economic abuse is named and recognised in the Domestic Abuse Bill, affording survivors legislative recognition and protection for the first time. Zaharan Sofi is the founder of Talking Circle London, a platform focused on highlighting social issues using compelling data and open conversation.
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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