Have your say on the draft domestic abuse accommodation and support strategy for Sussex

Closed 19 Dec 2021

Opened 25 Oct 2021

Results updated 10 Feb 2022

Thank you to everyone who took the time to read the draft strategy and give us your feedback. We were able to approve the strategy and submit it to national government at the start of January.  

We are now working on the action plan to support the strategy. Once the plan has been approved by the Domestic Abuse Partnership board, we’ll share the results from the consultation and what happens next.

You can find the final strategy on our safer communities website.


We want to know what you think of the draft domestic abuse accommodation and support strategy for Sussex. Have we got the priorities right? Is there anything we have missed?

To read the draft strategy download a PDF version or view it as html text on the website of the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner.  

How to take part

You can complete the online survey or send us your feedback via email. The consultation closes on 19 December 2021. 

This consultation is not available in easy read. This easy read leaflet provides a summary of the key information and how to get help to take part

The draft strategy is a complex document including lots of charts and tables. This may not be accessible for everyone. So please do contact us if you need us to provide the whole document, or a specific section, in an accessible format or another language or you need help to take part. 

Why your views matter

The Domestic Abuse Act 2021 requires local authorities to publish a strategy setting out how they will protect and assist survivors of domestic abuse in safe accommodation. In Sussex we have developed a draft strategy that covers East and West Sussex and Brighton & Hove.

Over 70 stakeholders, professionals, service providers and survivors took part in engagement meetings to inform a needs assessment. This helped us to understand current provision, and identify gaps and opportunities for improving the offer.

In response to the findings of the needs assessment we have identified six strategic priorities. They are:

  • Consistent and Collaborative: Promoting multi-agency and partnership commissioning and working to ensure a consistent offer across Sussex
  • Diverse and Appropriate: Providing a wide range of appropriate safe accommodation and support options
  • Accessible and Inclusive: Ensuring services are accessible to all victims/survivors and meet the specific needs of those with the full range of protected characteristics
  • Responsive: Establishing specialist provision to support victims/survivors with Multiple Complex Needs
  • Victim-centred: Empowering victims/survivors through expanding choices and enabling more victims/survivors to remain in their own homes
  • Trauma-informed: Embedding trauma-informed practice in services and processes through training and specialist knowledge

Each priority is supported by a number of recommendations.You can find the strategic priorities on page 17, and the recommendations on pages 18-20, and further details in the draft strategy, which can be downloaded below as a Word document or viewed as text on the website of the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner.

We believe the proposed strategy will make a real difference to the lives of survivors and their children, and we welcome your views on it. What you tell us will help us ensure we get it right and make the most of the additional funding that is being provided. 

The consultation runs for eight weeks. We will update the draft strategy based on people's comments ready for the final version to be published in January. We will then have a duty to deliver on the commitments we have made and report our progress to the Secretary of State each year.

The Domestic Abuse Partnership Board will oversee the delivery of our annual Action Plans. The Strategy itself will be reviewed and refreshed every three years in response to the changing needs of victims and survivors of domestic violence and abuse.  

What happens next? 

The final draft of the document will be reviewed and approved by the Domestic Abuse Partnership Board and the Department Management Team for Adult Social Care & Health.  

Privacy information: This survey is anonymous and we don't ask you to provide any personal information. Please ensure that any comments you make don't include any names or personal details of you or anyone else. You can find more information about how the data will be stored and processed by East Sussex County Council on our website.


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