Homelessness and domestic abuse spotlight

Explores the risks homeless victims and survivors of domestic abuse face and how professionals can help – part of our 2016–2019 Spotlights series that shone a light on the hidden victims of domestic abuse.

Homelessness doesn’t just mean rough sleeping, it refers to anyone who doesn’t have a safe and secure place to live.

In the fifth of our Spotlight series, in 2018 we focussed on homeless victims and survivors of domestic abuse, and the cycle of homelessness and abuse that can often develop. We looked at the additional risks they face and the difficulties they have in accessing support.

About SafeLives’ Spotlights series

Our 2016–2019 Spotlights series shone a light on hidden victims of domestic abuse. We explored the experiences of victim groups who face additional barriers to accessing support, and can feel ‘hidden’ from services. Discover insight from survivors, practitioners, academics and other experts, alongside our own research and data.

Escaping a perpetrator of domestic violence can take months of precision planning, like an army exercise. Imagine making your escape, only to find yourself homeless. You have left behind your entire home, your belongings and a part of yourself.

Tee Falcone, survivor and ambassador for the Woman's Trust and St Mungo's

Facts and figures

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    of women leave refuges for continued temporary accommodation

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    of homeless women said domestic violence contributed to their homelessness

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    homeless women with mental ill health were more likely to have slept rough (76%) than those without mental health issues (54%)

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    of single homeless people are 'hidden' from support services and official statistics

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    of domestic abuse victims need support to help them stay in their own home or move to new accommodation

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    of those supported with housing were moved out of their local authority area

Safe at Home

Read the full findings in our report 'Safe at Home: Homelessness and domestic abuse'

Read the report

Resources and guidance

Blogs, webinar and podcasts

When a house is not a home: Young people and domestic abuse

There are many reasons why young people become homeless, but one of the most common is the breakdown of family relationships. The trauma of witnessing and/or experiencing domestic abuse in conjunction with the terror of leaving and becoming homeless is going to result in a deeply traumatised young person

Listen: Housing First: a new model for supporting women experiencing multiple disadvantages and homelessness

Listen: Filling the gaps: trauma informed and gender responsive services for homeless women

Listen: The missing piece of the puzzle: the vital role of housing providers in tackling domestic abuse

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