Emergency housing

While there are very few refuge, safe houses or supported housing facilities available in the UK for male victims, local authorities have a duty to ensure domestic abuse victims (and children) are able to access emergency housing.

This is because a domestic abuse victim is legally classified as a ”vulnerable adult “ under the provision of both of these importantly pieces of legislation.

Housing Act 1996 (part V11) and Homelessness Act 2002 are the key pieces of legislation.

If a local authority states that they only support female victims of domestic abuse with emergency housing – this is illegal. Not only in terms of breaching the above acts but also it is a breach of the Equality Act (2010).

Below are links to excellent websites with more detailed information on local authority support. Where the information is set out in terms of women, it applies equally to men as well.

Shelter

Homelessness due to domestic violence or abuse

Hidden Hurt

Think about leaving

Women’s Aid Federation of England

Survivors Handbook

Housing Law article