Protect domestic violence victims' housing rights

Recently Barnet Council has consulted on requiring survivors of domestic violence to register as homeless before rehousing them. This will have the effect of removing their priority status on the housing waiting list, dropping from Band 1 down to Band 2 or 3. 

If these proposals are implemented, they will set a dangerous precedent for our society as well as the way we treat those who have survived domestic violence - who are often forced to choose between their safety and their own home. We should be looking to change the narrative about domestic violence - and that means recognising and taking steps to protect survivors' right to housing.

We the undersigned petition Barnet Council to drop their proposals to require victims and survivors of domestic violence from registering as homeless before offering rehousing.

We wish all local authorities to pledge that survivors of domestic violence will be placed in their highest priority band for rehousing.

Across the UK, local authorities are reviewing their housing allocations policies in order to manage pressure on waiting lists and demand for temporary accommodation.

It is vital that our housing policies at both a local and national level protect some of the most vulnerable groups in our society and communicate the right message about those who have survived domestic violence.

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attacking the most vulnerable in society!
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Two women still die every week from domestic violence and abuse in the UK. Undermining survivors’ housing rights is unacceptable and if implemented, the proposed change will ultimately result in deaths and the persistence of the emotional abuse of children who will be forced to continue living in violent households.
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