Online Event – Exploring the experiences of women who have survived domestic abuse with current or previous experience of temporary safe accommodation in England

Date: Wed, 5 Jun 2024 16:00 – 17:00 BST

Existing ONS data on domestic abuse largely reflects the experiences of survivors within household settings. While there are some data available on the experiences of survivors in temporary accommodation, including data on victim services, there are gaps relating to the breadth and depth of survivors’ experiences within these settings.

Qualitative research conducted by the ONS’ Centre for Equalities between January and March 2023 explored the experiences of 40 women who have survived domestic abuse with current or previous experience of temporary safe accommodation in England.

This research explores the experience of women from a range of characteristics and circumstance, looking at their journey to and through a range of accommodation types.

Experiences varied among participants with some survivors experiencing more complex, non-linear pathways involving different forms of provision and multiple moves from one accommodation to another. Women told us about the challenges they face, including a lack of accommodation and complex processes, as well as things which work well for them, including empathic, timely support and flexibility for individual needs and circumstances.

Women shared their recommendations and hopes for the future, including a call for greater support, particularly around mental health, and more accommodation options and availability.

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