Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Supporting survivors of domestic abuse
The Prime Minister has set out plans to end the postcode lottery in support for survivors of domestic abuse, making sure that everyone who has suffered this horrible crime has access to the support they need.
Key facts: the government is launching a consultation on a package of measures to support survivors of domestic abuse.
· Councils will be legally required to provide life-saving support in secure accommodation for both survivors of domestic abuse and their children, guaranteeing a consistent approach to the support offered across the country.
· The proposed measures will also require local authorities to work together with neighbouring councils to ensure domestic abuse services reflect the needs of local people, including targeted specialist support for BAME, LGBT and Gypsy, Roma and Traveller survivors.
· This consultation builds on work the government is are already undertaking, including a landmark Domestic Abuse Bill, which introduces the first ever government definition of domestic abuse to specifically include economic abuse and controlling non-physical abuse.
Why this matters: We must ensure that wherever people live, whatever abuse they have experienced and whoever they are, survivors of domestic abuse have access to the services they need to be safe. Our measures will help survivors, and their families, to recover and overcome their experiences.