domestic abuse

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incident or pattern of incidents of abusive behaviour of one person towards another, where those persons are aged 16 or over and are personally connected to each other; behaviour is abusive if it consists of (a) physical or sexual abuse, (b) violent or threatening behaviour, (c) controlling or coercive behaviour, (d) economic abuse, or (e) psychological, emotional or other abuse; persons are personally connected if they are or have been married to each other or civil partners, engaged, in an intimate personal relationship, relatives, or where they have or once had a parental relationship in relation to the same child; the abuse may also be towards another person, such as a child; economic abuse is behaviour that has a substantial adverse effect on the victim’s ability to acquire, use or maintain money or other property, or obtain goods or services; Domestic Abuse Act 2021, section 1

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