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Respond to the Bristol City Council consultation on prioritising housing for survivors of domestic abuse

http://www.bristolzerotolerance.com/get-involved/get-your-voice-heard/

Details of the draft policy are here.

Complete the consultation questions hereThe consultation closes on 3 Jan 2017

Bristol Zero Tolerance and Bristol Women’s Voice are working with interested members on this issue to help formulate our response. Do you have any comments or key issues you want us to address? E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday 23rd December. Please see our working document here

Following a successful petition to Bristol City Council from a survivor, around the impact of the council housing banding system for victims of domestic abuse, Bristol City Council has now drafted a proposal that sets out a change to how Bristol City Council prioritises victims of domestic abuse living in refuge provision through Home Choice Bristol.

Within the context of increasing demand for affordable rented properties the focus of the Council is to help those who are most at risk to move quickly in to safe acommodation. The proposal prioritises high risk victims of domestic abuse by awarding them Band 1 (highest priority), with decisions being made at MARAC (the local multi agency risk assessment conference).

MARAC is a meeting where information is shared and decisions are made on the highest risk domestic abuse cases between representatives of local police, health, child protection, housing practitioners, Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVAs), probation and other specialists from the statutory and voluntary sectors. The DASH (Domestic Abuse, Stalking and Honour Based Violence) risk assessment is completed by individual agencies, which then determines which cases get considered by MARAC.

The proposal is that only women who are engaged with a MARAC are moved into housing Band 1.