DOMESTIC VIOLENCE- BENEFIT HELP

Created 02/02/2018
The government has issued a helpful guide for those who have experienced domestic violence and abuse.
 
'The cross-government definition of domestic violence and abuse is:
any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. The abuse can encompass, but is not limited to: psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional.'
 
Did you know?
 
' ....you can have a break from job seeking and work preparation requirements for up to 13 weeks to give you the space and time needed to stabilise your life.
The break is split into 2 parts:
 
an initial 4 week period starting on the day you tell Jobcentre Plus that you have been threatened with or subject to domestic violence and abuse an extension from 4 to 13 weeks if you provide evidence during the initial 4 week
period'
 
And '...Child distress
 
If you are the main carer of a child up to 16 years of age, who is in considerable distress due to domestic violence and abuse …[a]… break from work-related requirements when caring for distressed child will occur for a maximum of one month every 6 months for a period of 2 years following the incident of domestic violence or abuse.'