Sixty five women and their children were forced to sofa surf last year after fleeing domestic violence due to a lack of support, Women’s Aid has warned.
Over one in ten women supported by The No Woman Turned Away project were forced to sleep rough during their search for a refuge, of which three women were pregnant and five women had their children with them.
Katie Ghose, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid, said: “Statutory agencies need to stop putting obstacles in the way of women fleeing domestic abuse and start supporting them to safety. It is no wonder that women and their children who are literally fleeing for their lives end up sleeping rough or returning to an abusive partner if they are turned away from services who should be helping them.
The No Woman Turned Away project supported 264 women between January 2017 and 2018. Of the women supported by the project 97 women approached their local housing team for support.
Housing teams are failing to follow their statutory duty to assist those in priority need who are vulnerable due to fleeing domestic abuse. This is set against the backdrop of cuts to local authority budgets and a social housing sector which is in crisis, Women’s Aid warns.
Further, the women who were supported by the project often had multiple support needs and faced at least one barrier to accessing a safe space including mental health problems, disabilities or no recourse to public funds as a result of their immigration status.
The charity is making a number of recommendations, saying the government’s Domestic Abuse Bill will only increase demand for specialist support yet this comes at a time when domestic abuse services face an uncertain future:
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