Life tenancies to be protected for survivors of domestic abuse
Wednesday 20th December 2017
The Secure Tenancies (Victims of Domestic Abuse) Bill is set to be introduced in the House of Lords this week and will protect lifetime tenancy for survivors of domestic abuse.
Katie Ghose, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid, said:
“When survivors escape an abusive relationship, they often have nothing but the clothes on their back. The decision to leave your home and community is made in circumstances of fear and desperation, when all other options have been exhausted. Safe and secure housing for survivors fleeing domestic abuse is therefore absolutely vital. We are delighted that the government has listened to our concerns and committed to ensuring that survivors can keep their lifetime tenancies; however, the future of refuges still hangs in the balance.
“Survivors need access to safe and secure housing not only to help them escape the abuse but also to recover and rebuild their lives. If the government goes ahead with planned changes to refuge funding – which will remove refuges’ last secure form of funding – survivors will be unable to escape domestic abuse in the first place. That’s why we are urging to government to halt planned changes to refuge funding and work with us to create a long-term and sustainable funding model for a national network of refuges so that every woman and child can safely escape domestic abuse.”
For further information, please contact the Women’s Aid press office on: [email protected].