Solace, the women’s aid organisation, have written to HM Treasury to demand they do more to protect victims of sexual assault aged under 35.
In order to prevent homelessness of victims of domestic abuse, the government is introducing additional exemptions to the Shared Accommodation Rate for Universal Credit and Housing Benefit claimants.
This exemption covers:
The NHF supports Solace in their call to HM Treasury to:
According to the government’s latest data, nearly 3,000 people were threatened or made homeless as a result of some form of violence in 2020-21. Sexual violence, especially rape, is a cause of homelessness, and for vulnerable young women the lack of available support can be particularly traumatising. The number of people made homeless by violence or harassment increased by 40% over the last two years, and 80% of sexual assault victims were women.
Increasing poverty is associated with an increase in violence against women and girls, including domestic abuse.
We are keen to ensure that the survivors receive the support they need and support the call to HM Treasury to increase targeted support and take action against the cost of living crisis to limit barriers to the recovery and empower survivors.