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Housing providers & refuges: Tackling move-on together during COVID-19


We’ve all seen the stories in the media about the increase in domestic abuse as the COVID-19 pandemic continues across England. That’s why CIH has been working with DAHA, Women’s Aid and the National Housing Federation to bring the housing sector and refuges together, so survivors who are ready to move on right now can find a safe and secure home.

The initiative sets out a number of steps housing providers, local authorities and refuge services can take to help us work together in the short-term, to coordinate move on accommodation.

Today, Gavin Smart, CIH chief executive said: “The housing sector has already shown its determination to play its role in ending domestic abuse through its support for Make a Stand.

We know that the issue of move on accommodation for women and families escaping abuse is critically important, given the shortage of refuge places, and this situation has only been made worse by the increase in incidences of domestic abuse during lock down. More than ever it is important that we all work together to provide as much move on accommodation as possible.

CIH is delighted to be working with our partners at DAHA, Women’s Aid and the National Housing Federation to support this initiative. We’ll be continuing to work together to ensure we can provide sustainable move on from refuges over the long-term “

You can download the full document here.

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