Domestic abuse and priority need.

In a rare these days bit of good news, the Government have announced that the Domestic Abuse Bill will be amended to make being a victim domestic abuse priority need for the purposes of local authorities homelessness housing duty.

This follows strong lobbying by Crisis, the APPF on Homelessness and domestic abuse charities. There will be cross-party support.

We will have to see the detailed amendment. I know Crisis had a very thorough and considered draft prepared by Counsel, so hopefully that will be adopted.

This doesn’t, of course, affect the ongoing crisis of affordable accommodation, social or PRS, but it will hopefully remove what was a major stumbling block for people who should on any reasonable view be considered vulnerable.


Giles Peaker is a solicitor and partner in the Housing and Public Law team at Anthony Gold Solicitors in South London. You can find him on Linkedin and on Twitter. Known as NL round these parts.

1 Comment

  1. Deb

    Am a victim of domestic abuse and homeless at present. Local authority done nothing to help me


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