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Citizens Advice Bureau

A network of independent charities offering confidential legal advice online, over the phone, and in person, for free.  For further information please see

Closed question

A question which can be answered by one word such as ‘yes’ or no’.

Coercive and controlling behaviour

An act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is either used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim or designed to make a person subordinate and/or dependent.


Collusion in the context of supporting clients is when we agree with a client to the detriment of another, usually the other party.

Counter allegations

Where a party against whom accusations have been made (usually of domestic violence) makes similar accusations towards the party who made the original complaint or charge

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