Pan-Sussex Strategy for Domestic Abuse Accommodation and Support 2021-2024

Pan-Sussex Strategy for Domestic Abuse Accommodation and Support 2021-2024

Welcome to the first Pan-Sussex Strategy for Domestic Abuse Accommodation and Support. This Strategy has been created in partnership, to recognise the impact of domestic abuse and the need to provide safe accommodation and support for survivors and their children.

In the Domestic Abuse Act 2021, the government has committed to transforming the way we respond to domestic abuse. Under Part 4 of the new Act, Brighton & Hove City Council, East Sussex County Council and West Sussex County Council (known as Tier One authorities),[1] now have a legal duty to support victims of domestic abuse and their children living in refuges and other safe accommodation. Tier One authorities have been given funding for 2021-22 to enable them to meet this new requirement, along with an indication that further funding will follow.

Working with a range of key stakeholders, professionals, service providers and survivors, a Sussex-wide needs assessment was completed to assess the current provision and to help identify gaps and opportunities for improving the offer.

The purpose of this Strategy is to outline the findings of the needs assessment and provide an overview of the local authorities’ commitments to improving access and increasing options for those in need of support. In Sussex, we will continue to assess and test established practice and look for opportunities to develop our understanding of ever-evolving needs, to be able to support our communities.

Footnote

[1] Understand how your council works - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)