19 Jul 2016

Housing and Planning

Review into housing priority for domestic abuse survivors

Bristol City Council is carrying out a review into the priority given to victims of domestic abuse on the housing register following a motion tabled at Full Council earlier in the year.

The council's housing team is currently engaging with organisations providing support to survivors of domestic abuse, and other members of the sector, to gain their advice.

A public consultation will then be carried out, before a proposal is taken back to the council's Cabinet.

The council and housing associations house people with a range of pressing housing needs - including domestic abuse - which is becoming increasingly difficult as the availability of social and affordable housing shrinks.

There is a four band system to allocate housing, with band one being the highest priority households.

Survivors of domestic abuse are currently in band two, along with homeless households where we have accepted a statutory duty to house, young adults leaving local authority care, households who are severely overcrowded, victims of hate crime and households experiencing severe harassment.