The Domestic Abuse Act 2021 was enacted in April this year, bringing hope for victims of domestic abuse. Jewish organisations were consulted in the drafting of the law to ensure that the definitions within the legislation covered Get refusal (withholding the Jewish divorce). It was disappointing to read that the Federation of Synagogues has warned that it would refuse to approve a Get for any woman who initiated a criminal prosecution against her husband for “coercive and controlling behaviour” under the Domestic Abuse Act 2021. Under Jewish law, a Get has to be given of free will. 

Here's hoping that the Federation finds a way around this within Jewish law, and fast!