To: Department of housing
Domestic abuse and housing barriers
Review and put in place standard protocols in relation to domestic abuse and social housing application regardless of what level application is whether in receipt of hap or have been allocated a house where the victim does not need consent of the abuser to take them off the application because if they refuse this is a form of cohesive control and very tramatic for the victim and forces them to make contact with them if the council cannot. They also need training around domestic violence to help them understand and empathise and support.
Why is this important?
I am currently in this situation and I am very upset and may lose the allocation and be forced to stay in my current address which is not safe. It is so important to safeguard the victim and not make their situation more difficult and make it easier as they are very vulnerable and need support and a straight forward process.