Support in safe accommodation strategy
A new strategy to help victim survivors of domestic abuse is going to Norfolk County Council's cabinet meeting on Monday 6 December.
In accordance with the new Domestic Abuse Act (2021), Norfolk County Council has worked with all housing related authorities, as well as support providers, across the county, to help undertake a needs assessment in relation to domestic abuse. The needs assessment has formed the basis of a draft support in safe accommodation strategy, as requested by the department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.
Cabinet member for Adult Social Care and Public Health, Councillor Bill Borrett, has said that the new strategy outlines how Norfolk County Council will work with the victim survivors, district councils and other key stakeholders, to provide safe accommodation for adults and children, helping them to remain safe at home or access alternative safe accommodation if they wish. He stressed that strong multi-agency partnership working is key to ensuring that the needs of victim survivors are met.
There are five key aims to the strategy
- increase the amount and flexibility of safe accommodation
- improve engagement with victim survivors of domestic abuse
- improve the quality of support and safe accommodation
- support children in safe accommodation
- improve intelligence of domestic abuses, especially for men, children and people aged 75 and over.