Spotlight #5: Homelessness and domestic abuse



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What you can expect

Our fifth Spotlight focuses on victims and survivors of domestic abuse who are homeless. We’ll be looking at the additional risks they face and the difficulties they have in accessing support.

We will be sharing blogs and podcasts from a range of voices, and we’ll be hosting a webinar on 22nd August at 11am with Gudrun Burnet, Senior Business Partner at Peabody Housing Association and co-founder of the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA). You can register for the webinar by joining the SafeLives Community and going to events.

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Lisa Raftery, London Development Manager at Homeless Link: Why a Gendered Approach to Supporting Women Experiencing Homelessness with Histories of Violence is Vital

Claire Karslake, Housing Idva at Splitz: The unique and vital role of the Housing Idva


Deidre talks to Louisa Steele from Standing Together Against Domestic Violence, about why considering multiple disadvantages is key to supporting women who have experienced domestic abuse and homelessness, and how the Housing First model offers a new way of supporting women and men who are chronically homeless.

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Deidre has met with Dr. Lucy Allwright from Against Violence and Abuse (AVA). Lucy shares the insights she’s gained from speaking to homeless survivors of domestic abuse, and some of the vital changes that we must make to better support the women who are often hidden from services.

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