The Price of Safety: How the housing system is failing women and children fleeing domestic abuse

Author: 

Solace Women's Aid

Publication date: 

1st Mar 2016

Solace Women’s Aid has conducted research into the housing pathways of women and children survivors of domestic abuse who have come through Solace refuges. This research highlights systemic unfairness and discrimination against women and children fleeing domestic abuse in London.

The research shows that many perpetrators of domestic abuse remain in the family home whilst survivors and their children are forced to move frequently between temporary and often unsuitable housing resulting in increased financial cost and poor recovery from the original trauma women and children experienced in the family home. The impact of such numerous moves throughout the survivor journey can be far reaching: children moving school many times; survivor’s unable to establish new friendships and networks, find work or continue with training and education; financial instability and forced reliance on welfare benefits.