Nearly 2,000 people fleeing domestic abuse every year are at risk of becoming homeless because they aren’t considered a priority for housing. That’s why today, as Chair of the Parliamentary group for ending homelessness, I launched a new campaign called ‘A Safe Home’ to try and get the law changed.
Under the current system, survivors fleeing domestic abuse need to prove that they are vulnerable by passing a ‘vulnerability test’ to get access to a secure home. This can be incredibly traumatic and can lead some survivors to return to a dangerous situation, sleep rough or put themselves at risk of further abuse.
I want to ensure that every survivor of domestic abuse is guaranteed access to a safe, permanent home and not just emergency refuge accommodation. No one who is fleeing for their life should have to choose between homelessness or returning to their abusers because the system does not consider them to be a priority.
You can show your support for the campaign online by using #ASafeHome and you can read the full report here.