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

Closes 19 Dec 2021

The questionnaire

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

1. Do you live or work in East Sussex?
2. Are you filling the survey in as:
(Required)
3. How much do you agree or disagree that the six priorities set out in the strategy are the right ones?

Our proposed strategic priorities

  • 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
4. Which recommendations would you prioritise?

The draft strategy sets out a number of recommendations for each of the strategic priorities. We would like to know which ones are most important to you. Please choose up to five priorities. 

Please read the list of recommendations in full before you get started (click on the link below). They have been shortened in the drop-down boxes to make it easier for you to answer.

Please note that the consistency and collaboration recommendations aren't included in this process. This is because they represent general learning that we will be taking on board. 

Read the list of recommendations in full

Diverse and appropriate: Sussex local authorities should provide more domestic abuse accommodation spaces for women and their children, according to the Council of Europe’s minimum standards.

Diverse and appropriate: A broader menu of domestic abuse safe accommodation options, in line with a Whole Housing Approach, should be developed in Sussex. Consideration should be given to ensuring all new accommodation options are appropriate and quality assured.

Accessible and Inclusive: Sussex local authorities should ensure that every available form of domestic abuse safe accommodation offers dedicated, personalised and holistic support for children and young people. All relevant safe accommodation options will be suitable and appropriate for children.

Accessible and Inclusive: Specialist safe accommodation and support for victims/survivors aged 16-25 should be established and be culturally appropriate for anyone fleeing forced marriage and so-called honour-based violence, including couples accommodation where needed. 

Accessible and Inclusive: Offers of support should be tailored more directly to older people across Sussex, including more generic language, broader promotion of support, linking in with other support services and targeted training for front-line professionals who routinely come into contact with older people.

Accessible and Inclusive: All women in safe accommodation in Sussex should receive a minimum standard of care and support, to include keywork and move-on support.

Accessible and Inclusive: Sussex local authorities will explore options for the provision of specialist, dispersed and self-contained units of safe accommodation that can accommodate male victims/survivors of domestic abuse.

Accessible and Inclusive: Sussex local authorities should increase specialist floating support and dispersed and self-contained units of safe accommodation that can accommodate LGBTQ+ victims/survivors and invest in LGBTQ+ awareness training for frontline practitioners.

Accessible and Inclusive: Support and accessibility for disabled victims/survivors in safe accommodation should be improved, by introducing multi-agency in-reach teams where needed, developing new facilities or adapting existing facilities, with measures such as installing ramps, increasing ground-floor and step-free units and installing visual fire alarms to assist deaf people.

Accessible and Inclusive: Housing application processes should be in-person and accessible for those with SEND or SLCN and include interpretation for a range of languages, including British Sign Language.

Accessible and Inclusive: Sussex local authorities will investigate specialist safe accommodation options for victims/survivors from marginalised ethnic groups, including Black and minoritised ethnic groups, Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities and those with No Recourse to Public Funds.

Accessible and Inclusive: Cultural awareness and immigration rights awareness training should be increased for frontline staff and commissioners to better understand the needs of various marginalised groups, including those with No Recourse to Public Funds and Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities. Training packages must acknowledge the intersection of race, class and gender.

Responsive: Sussex local authorities, specialist domestic abuse accommodation providers and support services should holistically support victims/survivors with MCN and ensure accessibility of services by providing both remote and in-person assessments and support.

Responsive: Accommodation and support options appropriate for the needs of domestic abuse victims/survivors with MCN will be explored, including short-term respite facilities, specialist housing, ‘move on’ pathways and in-reach/floating support.

Victim-centred: Victims/survivors should be able to remain in their home if they choose to, and it is safe to do so, by introducing measures such as Sanctuary Schemes throughout the county.

Victim-centred: Sussex local authorities will explore options for the re-housing of perpetrators and enforcement of loss of tenancies, alongside promoting domestic abuse perpetrator behavioural programmes.

Victim-centred: ‘Whole Family’ intervention and support should be promoted and further invested in throughout Sussex.

Trauma-informed: Consistent trauma-informed practice training should be developed for district and borough housing teams, housing associations and registered social landlords, expanding on existing training packages.

Trauma-informed: Each local authority area will explore the potential of a single point of contact approach for victims/survivors accessing different services.

Trauma-informed: Sussex local authorities will consider co-locating housing specialists at domestic abuse safe accommodation and support, where needed.

5. Is there anything that needs to change in the strategy?
6. Is there anything missing from the strategy?
7. Any other comments or suggestions you would like to make?