House of Lords written question – answered on 8th December 2014.

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Photo of Lord Lester of Herne Hill Lord Lester of Herne Hill Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 18 November (HL2550), whether their definition of domestic violence and abuse includes demanding a dowry.

Photo of Lord Bates Lord Bates The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

The Government’s definition of domestic violence and abuse does not explicitly include demanding a dowry. As set out in Written Answer (HL2550), the Government is clear that domestic violence and abuse can involve coercive and controlling behaviour, including dowry abuse and other forms of financial abuse.

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