The number one reason for homelessness is relationship breakdown. For women, this is much more likely to be escaping a violent relationship.
Help must incorporate support for children who have witnessed or experienced domestic abuse, as well as young people who have experienced other forms of domestic abuse such as forced marriage, honour-based violence or female genital mutilation.
Church Housing Trust funds the creation of safe, supportive environments for women, men and children affected by domestic abuse. We support specialist refuges for women and children fleeing domestic abuse, as well as work with perpetrators to change their abusive behaviours.
We fund activities that empower those fleeing domestic abuse by equipping them with the necessary skills and knowledge to move on. This begins with helping them to recognise abusive behaviour and understand how to keep themselves safe.
We’ll also fund access to employment and skills training; counselling; in house life-skills; and parenting programmes. We also fund support for children including awareness training, after-school clubs, and organised activities.
It is vital for sufferers of abuse to build self-confidence and develop the skills to maintain their accommodation, to ensure a positive future for themselves and their family. The schemes we support set up a holistic, networked response to abuse by creating partnerships with agencies such as the police and Local Authority, plus many other organisations working to combat various forms of abuse, such as SeaChange.