Survivor's Handbook support on getting accommodation.
Advice on your rights in relation to domestic abuse.
People who leave their homes because of domestic violence are homeless and have certain rights under homelessness legislation.
Domestic violence is the single most quoted reason for becoming homeless. One study found that 40% of all homeless women stated domestic violence as a contributor to their homelessness (Shelter, 2002).
Another study came up with a smaller - but still significant - percentage:
"The most common 'trigger' of homelessness... was a breakdown in their relationship with their family, followed by domestic violence. Over 20 per cent of women had left their last settled home because of violence from someone they knew - whether a partner, family member or associate." Crisis Report on Homelessness, 2006
Refuge-based domestic services provide safe housing and support for women and children who are escaping from domestic violence.
Sanctuary schemes which offer appropriate protection and support, may also suit some women who are able to stay in their own homes after the abuser has left.