Homelessness Law & Domestic Violence

A half-day course providing an understanding of homelessness law and domestic violence, including when a local authority has a duty to house a victim of domestic violence under the law.

This course will give delegates a basic understanding of homelessness law and domestic violence, including when a local authority has a duty to house a victim of domestic violence under the law. Delegates will understand the concepts of homelessness, priority need, intentional homelessness and local connection. Delegates will also look at the Homelessness Code of Guidance and learn how to help women with no recourse to public funds and EU citizens.

Course contains

  • When is a victim of domestic violence considered homeless under the Housing Act 1996 and the Homelessness Act 2002
  • When is a victim of domestic violence considered eligible for assistance under the Housing Act 1996 and Homelessness Act 2002
  • When does a victim of domestic violence qualify as a priority need cases
  • Eligibility of EU citizens to homelessness assistance
  • Eligibility of persons who have married a Bristish citizen; Domestic Violence Concession cases
  • Duties of Social Services in relation to women with no recourse to public funds
  • Intentional Homelessness and Local Connection
  • Code of Guidance for Local Authorities concerning the duties, power and obligations of local authorities in relation to victims of domestic violence
  • Learning outcomes

    After attending this course you will:
    • Understand how a victim of domestic abuse can make a homeless application to the local authority and the duties of local authorities to such victims
    • Know the rights of a victim of domestic abuse to housing where she or he has no recourse to public funds
    • Gain an understanding of eligibility, priority need, intentional homelessness and local connection in relation to cases of domestic abuse
    • Have a sound grasp of the relevant principles of the Homelessness Code of Guidance for Local Authorities in relation to victims of domestic violence.

    Suitable for

    Local authority employees working in housing, the HPU or Social Services who wish to gain a better understanding of their duties towards victims of domestic violence. Anyone from other sectors who wishes to understand the role of the local authority in cases of domestic violence.

CPD hours 0