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Fraud: Financial Institutions

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many cases of financial abuse by partners (a) have been reported to the police, (b) have been prosecuted and (c) resulted in a conviction in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. (252445)

I have been asked to reply.

The Government do recognise the financial and economic impact that happens within domestic violence relationships. We are working with stakeholders and the British Banker's Association to ensure that both domestic violence victims and their advisers are more fully informed of their options. We will be considering this issue when developing our delivery plan in the future and recently produced a leaflet including some advice on this issue. From the information received on domestic violence cases we are not able to identify the financial abuse aspect.