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Domestic abusers to be moved from the family home

The Guardian has reported on initiatives being pursued by several local authorities in England to provide housing for domestic abuse perpetrators, so enabling their victims to stay in the family home. Such plans are a response to calls from charities and campaigners.

The article quotes a recent report from the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance which said that "without the option to remove and rehouse a perpetrator, victims, including children, will continue to suffer by remaining trapped in abusive relationships or being forced to flee their home".

For example, a key message from an independent engagement exercise, carried out by Sunderland City Council with women with lived experience of domestic abuse, was that victims and their children should not have to leave their home. Women perceived this as disruptive for them and their children and unnecessary if safety plans could be put in place to protect themselves and their children. They identified a key factor for their recovery would be provision of alternative accommodation for the perpetrator.

For the Guardian report, click here. For the draft strategy of Sunderland City Council, click here.