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'any incident or pattern of incidents, of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (whether psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between individuals who are associated with each other.'The purpose of this definition is to set out the scope of those who should qualify for private law family legal aid as ‘victims of domestic violence;’ ie the remit of the so-called ‘domestic violence gateway'. The problem, however, is that the good done by the 2012 Act in linking the statutory and non-statutory definitions of domestic abuse has apparently been curtailed in subsequent regulations.
Explains the changes to the way courts deal with domestic violence