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To: Brighton and Hove City council

BHCC: Safely house a domestic abuse & Trafficking survivor

BHCC: Safely house a domestic abuse & Trafficking survivor

1/ Prevent the decision to make "Zara" and her baby intentionally homeless after fleeing domestic violence and trafficking and house them in safe and suitable accommodation.

2/ Change council housing policy to better facilitate the needs of those fleeing abuse and trauma:

-This can be implemented by-
*Having an IDVA present during all face to face stages of assessment in order to mediate, safeguard and advise according to specialist knowledge
*Automatic MARAC risk assessments upon application in line with the code of guidance.
*Trauma informed specialist training in modern slavery, trafficking and domestic abuse for all front line housing needs staff.

3/ Lead by example by creating a platform for national legislation reform in support of the APPG and Crisis "A safe home" campaign to make all DV survivors automatic priority need when fleeing.

Why is this important?

About "Zara"

"Zara" is a recovering survivor of both Domestic violence and trafficking perpetrated by her daughters father. She is a British national who approached Brighton and Hove city council as homeless following the decision to flee her previous address known to her perpetrator and the trafficking ring he is affiliated with, after being turned down by refuge.
She presented with ten years worth of evidence including her perpetrators firearms convictions.

Despite all this the council have advised they wish to make "Zara" and her baby intentionally homeless. This experience is not new to her; having been intermittently homeless for ten years as a result of her experiences, perpetuated by the systemic refusal to acknowledge domestic violence as a cause of homelessness, she is a veteran of being at the receiving end of local authority discrimination, minimization, denial and eradication of what she has been thorough and thus her plight for safe housing continues.

"Zara" is not a solitary statistic. Across the board domestic violence and trafficking survivors are being denied safe housing upon fleeing. With refuges facing ever shrinking funding cuts and local authorities selling off housing stock, survivors are at the tail end of a regime that fails to address the risk posed to lives when refused the means to escape.
A drastic reform is needed of the public sector for housing, starting with BHCC who currently have the highest number of women sleeping rough nationwide.

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Reasons for signing

  • I signed because Zara deserves all the help she can get x
  • everyone has the right to live a safe and healthy life

Updates

2019-07-03 12:16:18 +0100

I want to thank Brighton WEP for taking on this campaign and for all the continued support they offer in getting this out there as a collective issue and catylist for change.
We will make Brighton and Hove a safe place for survivors! - "Zara"

2019-07-02 20:54:55 +0100

*** Higher Ground ***
I want to thank everyone who has got involved so far and for the ongoing support; it has been what has kept me going during such a stressful and traumatic period of crisis.
I am still in limbo awaiting a definitive decision based on intentional homelessness, however after meeting with lots of local councillors, MP's as well as Acorn and Brighton Resisters input we are looking at a lot more engagement and the council are beginning to listen.
Let's please keep this going, keep it alive so that we can keep other survivors alive and safely housed too.
- Thank you- "Zara"

2019-06-08 10:15:46 +0100

https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/17673042.peter-kyle-supports-sex-industry-victim-fleeing-to-brighton/?fbclid=IwAR3xncxUUrWCVYZssQBXBQ0kXRFWrK1dRAcGmDj8Gbf_h5mnUhb-seQaNbQ

2019-05-26 11:07:54 +0100

The purpose of this petition is to prevent "Zara" from becoming intentionally homeless. Here you can see the council's written confirmation that they intend to go ahead with "intentionally homeless" despite all evidence to the contrary being received.

https://mobile.twitter.com/Zara56782688/status/1132588178475507712

2019-05-21 16:49:59 +0100

100 signatures reached

2019-05-20 21:57:34 +0100

50 signatures reached

2019-05-19 22:05:45 +0100

25 signatures reached

2019-05-19 18:19:56 +0100

10 signatures reached