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Welfare benefits cap may force domestic violence victims to stay with their abusers

CIH report assesses the initial impact of benefits cap

Research led by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) into the initial impact of the welfare benefits cap in Haringey – one of four London boroughs chosen by the government to implement the cap early – has suggested that there are unintended consequences for domestic violence victims.

Experiences and effects of the benefit cap in Haringey quotes professionals reporting several women who have chosen to stay with violent (employed) partners because they knew they would be affected by the benefit cap if they left with their children. These women would not necessarily come to the council's attention and so it would be difficult for them to intervene.

The research paper can be read here.