SEA recognises that access to safe and affordable housing is vital for anyone escaping domestic abuse. Housing concerns can also become a method of control for perpetrators.
SEA has been a member of the ‘National Housing and Domestic Abuse Policy and Practice Group’ led by the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA) since it was established in November 2017.
The Group brings together representatives from major homelessness, housing and domestic abuse organisations to ensure that:
Together, the Group has submitted responses to the following:
In June 2020, SEA submitted written evidence to the HCLG COVID-19 inquiry. Please read the full briefing here.
In May 2019, the UK Government unveiled a new package of support for victims-survivors of domestic violence and abuse (DVA). It sees a legal duty placed on local authorities to deliver support in accommodation-based services, backed by funding to place services on a sustainable footing. SEA responded to the consultation in August 2019. We also submitted a good practice example of our work to address coerced debt, highlighting to commissioners of violence against women and girls services that they must recognise the importance of economic stability within coordinated community responses to domestic abuse.
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