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#HaveYourSay on proposed new guidance to improve access to social housing for #DomesticAbuse victims

New guidance to ensure victims of domestic violence and abuse can easily access safe, long-term accommodation has been published by the Department for Communities and Local Government (30th October 2017).

The guidance, which is subject to a 10-week consultation ending on 5th January 2018, makes it clear that local authorities should treat victims of domestic violence and abuse, currently in safe accommodation such as a refuge, as a priority for social housing.

It also makes clear that those victims who have fled to refuges in other parts of the country should not be disadvantaged in accessing social housing.

In addition, local authorities are being encouraged to use their existing powers to help victims of domestic abuse to remain safely in their own home without their abuser, if they wish to.

For details of the proposed new guidance and the consultation please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-guidance-to-ensure-victims-of-domestic-abuse-can-access-safe-social-housing

Get help in Warwickshire

Support and refuge accommodation is available in Warwickshire for those affected by domestic violence and abuse. For details visit:

http://www.refuge.org.uk/what-we-do/our-services/refuge-warwickshire-domestic-violence-service/

You can also call the Warwickshire helpline on 0800 408 1552.

In an emergency, always call 999.

 

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