Draft strategy for Domestic Abuse Safe Accommodation 2021 to 2024

The Domestic Abuse Bill received royal ascent on 29 April 2021. The Act has placed a statutory duty on tier one local authorities including Salford to provide support to victims of domestic abuse and their children within refuges and other safe accommodation. Local authorities are required by the government’s Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) to undertake a 'Domestic Abuse Needs Assessment' and develop a 'Domestic Abuse Safe Accommodation Strategy'

In response to the new housing duty, Salford City Council commissioned Davis and Associates to undertake the Needs Assessment, and develop the strategy and its implementation plan. 

This strategy sets out how Salford City Council will respond to its statutory duty to provide support to victim and survivors of domestic abuse and their children in safe accommodation. The strategy has been informed by the safe accommodation needs assessment (October 2021) and the voices of those with lived experience of services.

The purpose of the strategy is to ensure that all victims subject to domestic abuse and their children have access to safe accommodation support services appropriate to their needs in order to live safely and that responses to perpetrators support victim/survivor safety.

The aims of the strategy are to set out how we will:

  • ensure all victims and their children, including those from out of area, have access to safe, appropriate accommodation and support services at their point of need.
  • ensure victims are able to remain safely in their accommodation if they choose and it is safe to do so.
  • provide move on accommodation options for victims to support long-term recovery and independence.
  • ensure the effective management of perpetrators that enables victims to remain safe in their homes and to access safe accommodation.
  • ensure that other duties/legislation  introduced as part of the Domestic Abuse Act (secure tenancies and homelessness) are considered in the context of safe accommodation and a Whole Housing Approach.
  • commission support in safe accommodation for individuals and children who have experienced domestic violence and abuse.

Please see the draft copy of the strategy. We welcome your views by close of play on 26 November 2021. 

The final strategy will be published by 5 January 2022. 

If you would like to give your views on our strategy as either a member of the public, or professional please complete our short survey or email housing.strategy@salford.gov.uk

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