Accommodation and support strategy to help victims and survivors of domestic abuse

02 December 2021

A new strategy to help victim-survivors of domestic abuse will go to cabinet on 6 December.

In accordance with the Government’s new Domestic Abuse Act (2021), Norfolk County Council has worked with all housing related authorities as well as support providers across Norfolk to help undertake a needs assessment in relation to domestic abuse. The needs assessment has formed the basis of a draft Support in Safe Accommodation Strategy as requested by the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC).

Research shows that domestic abuse can and does happen to anyone and is indiscriminate of age, gender, race, profession or social background. In the UK around one in four women and one in six men will be affected by domestic abuse in their lifetime, and the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) reports that around one in five children have been exposed to domestic abuse.

Cabinet member for Adult Social Care and Public Health, Councillor Bill Borrett, said:

“This new strategy outlines how Norfolk County Council will work with the victim-survivors, District Councils and other key stakeholders, to provide support in safe accommodation for adults and children. We will all work together to ensure that victim-survivors living in Norfolk are supported to remain safe at home or access alternative safe accommodation if they wish.”

“Strong multi-agency partnership working is key to achieving this approach, to ensure that we are able to meet the needs of those that are victim-survivors.

“Norfolk has a duty to help victim-survivors and this strategy sets out five key aims:”

  • Increase the amount and flexibility of safe accommodation
  • Improve engagement with victim-survivors of domestic abuse
  • Improve the quality of support and safe accommodation
  • Support children in safe accommodation
  • Improve intelligence of domestic abuse especially for men, children and people 75+

Cabinet will consider the report when it meets at 10am on Monday, 6 December. Watch the meeting and read the reports, live or afterwards.

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