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6,000 became homeless in three months following domestic abuse

Women’s Aid publishes No Woman Turned Away report 2019

Between January and March 2019, 6,000 became homeless as a result of domestic abuse. The figures are revealed in the latest statutory homelessness statistics released by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

Adina Claire, Acting Co-Chief Executive of Women's Aid, said:

"It's scandalous that, in 2019, women fleeing domestic abuse still face the terrifying prospect of either returning to their perpetrator or facing homelessness. We are facing a chronic shortage of bed spaces in specialist refuge services, and this is causing unimaginable suffering for women at a time when they are most in need of support.

"Survivors fleeing domestic abuse should not have to sofa-surf."

Women's Aid has launched the No Woman Turned Away report 2019 which shows that the charity has supported 309 women who were left with nowhere to turn as they fled domestic abuse.

Adina Claire added:

"Our report tells the story of women who have endured unsafe living arrangements, overcrowding, broken friendships and further abuse while sofa-surfing. Hostels or emergency accommodation are not appropriate either – women recovering from domestic abuse need the specialist, holistic support that domestic abuse refuges provide. It goes without saying that survivors should not have to sleep rough, yet, for the third year running, we found that this is still happening, even to pregnant women and children."

Women's Aid says that it is also crucial that the law is changed to ensure that all survivors escaping domestic abuse are automatically in 'priority need' for housing. The desperate experiences of women and children detailed in this report must end.

It makes the following recommendations to government:

For the latest statistics, click here. For tables showing the figures for individual local authorities, click here. For the Women's Aid report, click here.

15/9/19