Women’s Aid: ‘Grave concerns remain’ over two child tax credit limit
Friday 20th January 2017
Polly Neate, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid, said:
“Women’s Aid has grave concerns over the two child limit on tax credit, and believes that at the very least all survivors of domestic abuse should be exempt from this policy. It is a positive sign that the criteria for exceptions are being widened to include those where the child was conceived in a context of coercive control. However, the Government’s decision not to exempt those still living with the perpetrator of abuse shows an acute failure to understand the nature of domestic abuse and coercive control, as well as an attitude of victim-blaming. Many women do not leave because it is too dangerous for them to leave. As the Femicide Census has proved, separation presents a significant risk to women in abusive relationships. The Government must also recognise that financial insecurity is a huge barrier to leaving in itself. This policy can only make this worse.
“We also believe the Government must review its position on the evidence requirements, as most women will have no evidence and will not have disclosed. This policy still betrays a fundamental misunderstanding of sexual and domestic abuse. We urge the Government to think again.”