Consultation on domestic abuse services – Federation response

Our response to the consultation on future delivery of accommodation-based support for domestic abuse victims.

1 August 2019

As part of a wider initiative to tackle domestic abuse, MHCLG consulted on a new delivery model for accommodation-based support for victims. This includes the introduction of a statutory duty on local authorities to provide support that meets the diverse needs of victims of domestic abuse and their children, ensuring they have access to provision that is right for them.

The Government sought views on:

  • the definition of accommodation-based services and support
  • leadership and responsibilities
  • local and national accountability

The Federation, alongside a group of our members that advise us on issues relating to domestic violence, has responded saying that:

  • We support a statutory duty framing the delivery of support.
  • This must be underpinned by adequate funding for local authorities and services. Providers have seen a significant reduction in funding levels for support in many areas in recent years.
  • Any local assessment of need should also consider the provider market and the delivery of quality services.
  • Housing and support providers should be part of local partnership arrangements and needs assessments.
  • The role of the partnership board should not just be to provide a coordinated response, it should have a shared outcome with survivors in mind.
  • Housing authorities (district and unitary authorities) should play a significant role in the Local Partnership Board.

You can download our full response for more information. 

Find out more

You can sign up to join the Federation’s national domestic abuse group. We hold two events a year, the next one of which will be in the autumn. Find out more

To learn more about what individual housing associations can do to improve the situation for survivors of domestic abuse, we recommend that you read about the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA) accreditation.