Definition of Safe Accommodation
As per the definition of Safe Accommodation Under Part 4 of the Domestic Abuse Act 2021, the following are considered as “Safe Accommodation” for the purposes of the duty:
Refuges offer accommodation and intensive support, which is tied to that accommodation, usually comprising several units in one building with some communal areas.
Specialist safe accommodation are refuges providing dedicated specialist support to victims from minority ethnic groups, or people with complex intersectional needs such as drug and alcohol abuse and poor mental health. Sometimes the service is led by those sharing the same characteristics, these are known as “By and For” services.
Dispersed accommodation is safe (secure and dedicated to supporting victims of domestic abuse), self-contained ‘semi-independent’ accommodation which is not within a refuge.
Sanctuary Schemes provide enhanced physical security measures within a home, enabling victims to remain in their home if they wish and it is safe to do so, and the perpetrator does not live in the same accommodation.
Move-on and / or second stage accommodation temporarily accommodate victims and their families no longer needing the intensive level of support provided in a refuge, but who require a lower level of domestic abuse specific support before moving on to permanent accommodation
Other forms of domestic abuse emergency accommodation give victims an opportunity to spend a short time to consider and make decisions in an environment which is self-contained and safe.