Question to the Home Office:
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to help support victims of domestic abuse who are unable to pay their mortgage due to the perpetrator emptying a joint bank account.
All forms of domestic abuse are unacceptable, and no one should have to suffer financially at the hands of their perpetrator.
The landmark Domestic Abuse Act became law in April 2021, and created for the first-time a general purpose legal definition of domestic abuse which incorporates a range of abuses beyond physical violence, including economic abuse. This recognition will improve understanding among frontline professionals, law enforcement officers and prosecutors so that victims can be better supported.
The Home Office supports and funds organisations that raise awareness of economic abuse and support victims. This includes providing £567k of funding between 2018-2022 to the charity Surviving Economic Abuse, which provides emotional and practical support targeted at victims of economic abuse.
In recognition of the role that financial services have to play in responding to domestic abuse, in 2018 UK Finance and the Building Societies Association introduced a Financial Abuse Code of Practice. The voluntary Code of Practice sets out how participating banks and building societies should support customers who are victims of domestic and financial or economic abuse. We are building on this by working to encourage banks and the wider financial services sector to improve the support provided to victims of domestic abuse accessing their services; help victims move forward to escape debt, joint accounts, and mortgages.
We will continue to work alongside financial institutions and frontline agencies to raise awareness and improve support for victims of economic abuse.
1. Written Evidence: Surviving Economic Abuse (DAB70)
16/06/2020 - Bill Documents
Found: evidence submitted by Surviving Economic Abuse (DAB70)
Domestic Abuse Bill
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2. Written Evidence: National Housing and Domestic Abuse Policy and Practice Group (DAB77)
17/06/2020 - Bill Documents
Found: National Housing and Domestic Abuse Policy & Practice
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Found: the British Bankers’ Association, the Council of Mortgage Lenders, Financial Fraud Action UK, Payments UK
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5. Domestic Abuse Bill 2020: letter from ministers to Jess Phillips MP
11/06/2020 - Home Office
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1. Domestic Abuse Bill (Tenth sitting)
16/06/2020 - Public Bill Committees
1: clause 9—Offence of non-fatal strangulation in domestic abuse context—A person (A) commits an offence - Speech Link
2: once-in-a-generation opportunity to make a law work for domestic abuse victims and survivors, this can make a real contribution - Speech Link
2. Domestic Abuse Bill (Eleventh sitting)
17/06/2020 - Public Bill Committees
1: and we will try to do something about it. It would help Hansard enormously if we could email copies of notes - Speech Link
2: Domestic abuse against disabled people is simply not discussed enough. They are hidden victims. When - Speech Link
3. Domestic Abuse Bill (Fifth sitting)
10/06/2020 - Public Bill Committees
1: Commissioner to submit an annual report to the Secretary of State to a requirement to report annually to Parliament - Speech Link
2: must provide a copy of the report to the Secretary of State.”.This amendment is linked to Amendment - Speech Link
3: for victims and survivors, raise public awareness and hold both agencies and government to account in - Speech Link
4. Domestic Abuse Bill
28/04/2020 - Commons Chamber
1: Report of the Home Affairs Committee, Home Office preparedness for Covid-19: domestic abuse and risks of - Speech Link
2: experience of domestic abuse. She was not alone in showing great courage by bringing home to this House - Speech Link
5. Domestic Abuse
16/07/2019 - Commons Chamber
1: Home should be a place of safety and of love, but for 2 million people it is not. Domestic abuse takes - Speech Link