Domestic Abuse and Housing

This course explores housing problems associated with domestic abuse. Delegates will develop an understanding of the legal and housing options that are available in order to support clients and also the impact of the Homelessness Reduction Act on this area of work.

PLEASE BOOK EARLY: We confirm/cancel courses three weeks in advance. Book your place early to give us an accurate idea of delegate numbers and to avoid disappointment.

Group training (5-18 staff): Commercial rate £955; Standard / Concessionary £890 + plus trainer’s expenses + VAT

‘Well placed course, good breadth of knowledge for someone with basic knowledge of housing and family law.’

Refugee Support Coordinator, British Red Cross

‘The most helpful and enlightening training.... it will improve my practice and outcomes for my clients no end.’

Refuge Project Worker, SDAS

Course contains

    • Occupation rights
    • Occupation and property rights
    • Non-molestation orders and occupation orders under the Family Law Act 1996
    • Criminal law relating to domestic abuse
    • Homelessness legislation in domestic abuse cases
    • Women or men with no recourse to public funds
    • Implications of the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017.

Learning outcomes

After this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the occupation and property rights of individuals affected by domestic abuse
  • Understand the different civil and criminal legal options available to those who have been affected by domestic abuse
  • Be able to make an application for a Non-molestation order and/or occupation orders on behalf of a victim of abuse
  • Understand how a victim of domestic abuse may be able to make a homeless application and the law that applies
  • Understand who might be 'no recourse to public funds' and where this group might go to access housing
  • Understand how the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 affects victims of abuse

Suitable for

People who give advice and support to those who have experienced domestic abuse. Previous training in domestic abuse awareness would be an advantage.

Meet the trainer

Deborah Winterbourne

Deborah Winterbourne LLB, LLM, BSc, MA, MSc has run hundreds of domestic violence courses for Shelter for over ten years. She is an expert in legal remedies for victims of domestic violence and her trainings cover a diverse range of issues such as housing, homelessness, injunctions, property rights, forced marriage, trafficking, children law, criminal law, FGM, divorce and cohabitation. Deborah qualified as a solicitor in 1991 and has a masters degree in public international law. She has worked in private practice as a solicitor and for national and international organisations covering a wide range of laws. She is also a qualified psychotherapist.

CPD hours 5