Poverty and Inequality

13.05.19

Councils to be placed under legal duty to house victims of domestic abuse

Councils are to be given a legal duty to provide “safe houses” for victims of domestic abuse and their children, under new plans announced by the prime minister.

Theresa May announced the new policy, backed by government funding to be provided to local authorities, in order to end the “postcode lottery” for victims and their children.

Those seeking refuge from violence and domestic abuse currently receive varying levels of support depending on their location, with some unable to find refuge places because there is no provision at all.

May said: “I’ve always vowed to leave no stone unturned in tackling domestic abuse - this abhorrent crime has no place in our country.

“Today we are ending the postcode lottery by placing on local authorities a legal duty to deliver support, including secure housing, to survivors of domestic abuse and their children.

“Whoever you are, wherever you live and whatever the abuse you face, you will have access to the services you need to be safe.”

The upcoming Domestic Abuse Bill will introduce the first ever statutory government definition of domestic abuse to include economic abuse and controlling and manipulative non-physical abuse.

The new legislation will establish a domestic abuse commissioner and will also prohibit the cross-examination of victims by their abusers in family courts.

Nicki Norman, acting co-chief executive of Women's Aid, said more consistent dedicated funding was “desperately needed” as many of her organisation’s member services were struggling with a “shoestring budget.”

“We look forward to working with the government to ensure that this important move to fund refuges is safe, sustainable and delivers the resources that services urgently require to support all women and children fleeing domestic abuse.”

Funding worth £22m is already available to local authorities to purchase beds in refuges and to increase access to education and employment, but communities secretary James Brokenshire said it was estimated an extra £90m would be needed to provide accommodation to victims.

Image credit - funky-data

Comments

There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment

 

public sector executive tv

more videos >

latest public sector news

Boris Johnson vows to give more power to the Northern Powerhouse regions

13/09/2019Boris Johnson vows to give more power to the Northern Powerhouse regions

Boris Johnson has pledged his support for the Northern Powerhouse and for further devolution deals, alongside announcing the creation of a new gr... more >
Government pledges £62m funding to improve flood defences

12/09/2019Government pledges £62m funding to improve flood defences

Government has pledged £62m funding to improve flood defences across England, with more than 9,000 homes set to benefit from the improvemen... more >
Dorset County public sector pension fund valued at more than £3bn

12/09/2019Dorset County public sector pension fund valued at more than £3bn

A public sector pension fund in the county of Dorset has risen to a value of £3bn for the first time, having seen a 5% rise from the start ... more >

editor's comment

25/10/2017Take a moment to celebrate

Devolution, restructuring and widespread service reform: from a journalist’s perspective, it’s never been a more exciting time to report on the public sector. That’s why I could not be more thrilled to be taking over the reins at PSE at this key juncture. There could not be a feature that more perfectly encapsulates this... read more >

last word

The importance of openness after Grenfell

The importance of openness after Grenfell

Following the recent Grenfell Tower tragedy, Lord Porter, chairman of the LGA, argues that if the public are going to have faith in the safety testing process then everything must be out in the o... more > more last word articles >
Boris Johnson vows to give more power to the Northern Powerhouse regions

13/09/2019Boris Johnson vows to give more power to the Northern Powerhouse regions

Boris Johnson has pledged his support for the Northern Powerhouse and for further devolution deals, alongside announcing the creation of a new growth body with powers to bring together major orga... more >
Government pledges £62m funding to improve flood defences

12/09/2019Government pledges £62m funding to improve flood defences

Government has pledged £62m funding to improve flood defences across England, with more than 9,000 homes set to benefit from the improvements. Environment secretary Theresa Villiers an... more >

the raven's daily blog

Northern Powerhouse Partner aims to connect the North once again

02/09/2019Northern Powerhouse Partner aims to connect the North once again

In February this year, official Northern Powerhouse Partner, Cognitive Publishing, delivered EvoNorth 2019.  The two day event was designed to amplify and highlight future developments the region has to offer - uniting leaders responsible for fuelling the Northern Powerhouse agenda, including Dr Nicola Headlam, Head of the Northern Powerh... more >
read more blog posts from 'the raven' >

comment

Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

21/06/2019Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

Taking time to say thank you is one of the hidden pillars of a society. Being on the receiving end of some “thanks” can make communit... more >
How community-led initiatives can help save the housing shortage

19/06/2019How community-led initiatives can help save the housing shortage

Tom Chance, director at the National Community Land Trust Network, argues that community-led initiatives are a productive way of helping to solve... more >
Aberdeen's green transport fleet attracting international attention

19/06/2019Aberdeen's green transport fleet attracting international attention

Aberdeen City Council’s hydrogen spokesperson, councillor Philip Bell, highlights the Granite City’s determination to play a leading ... more >
A fifth of public sector workers have never received a thank you from the people they serve

13/06/2019A fifth of public sector workers have never received a thank you from the people they serve

A fifth of the country’s public sector workers say they have NEVER received a ‘thank you’ for doing their job as Public Service... more >

interviews

Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

17/12/2018Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

It’s no secret that the public sector and its service providers need to invest in technology to help make better use of their resources. Bu... more >
Digital innovation in the public sector: The future is now

17/12/2018Digital innovation in the public sector: The future is now

One of the public sector’s key technology partners has recently welcomed a new member to its team. Matt Spencer, O2’s head of public ... more >
New Dorset Councils CEO on the creation of a new unitary: ‘This is going to be the right decision for Dorset’

05/11/2018New Dorset Councils CEO on the creation of a new unitary: ‘This is going to be the right decision for Dorset’

The new chief executive of one of the new unitary authorities in Dorset has outlined his approach to culture and work with employees, arguing tha... more >
Keeping the momentum of the Northern Powerhouse

15/10/2018Keeping the momentum of the Northern Powerhouse

On 6 September, the biggest decision-makers of the north joined forces to celebrate and debate how to drive innovation and improvement through th... more >

public sector focus

View all News