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Support for victims of domestic abuse in safe accommodation

Government publishes response to consultation

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has published its response to the consultation on future delivery of support to victims and their children in accommodation-based domestic abuse services.

It proposes placing a statutory duty on 'tier 1' local authorities (county councils, metropolitan and unitary authorities and the Greater London Authority) to commission services so that all victims of domestic abuse and their children, including those with protected characteristics, can access support in safe accommodation.

It also proposes the creation of a domestic abuse local partnership board in each area to work with the local authority in carrying out these functions. The proposals will be included in the Domestic Abuse Bill.

For the response document, click here. For the consultation itself, click here. For the Domestic Abuse Bill, as introduced, click here.