Domestic violence and council tenants
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The Wandsworth Violence and Women and Girls Strategy 2015-2018 sets out the priorities for the Council to address violence against women and girls and our commitment to meeting the needs of men and boys who are victims of violence.
Domestic violence is any incident of violent, abusive, threatening, coercive or controlling behaviour between partners, family or household members, regardless of gender and sexuality. This includes physical, psychological, sexual, financial and emotional abuse.
Read more information and advice about domestic violence and abuse.
What are my options?
Stay Put Stay Safe: security measures for your home
The Stay Put Stay Safe scheme is for people affected by domestic violence and victims of hate crime.
If you live in Wandsworth and are being threatened or physically harmed by someone who does not live with you, you do not need to leave your home. We may be able to make it a safer place to live by improving the security of your home.
We may use a range of measures such as new locks, heavy-duty doors, additional window security and safe rooms.
Contact the Accommodation Procurement Team on 020 8871 7333 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Or you can be referred by a support agency, such as the Police, Victim Support, a social worker or your estate manager.
Staying in the property: your rights
If you are being threatened or hurt by someone who lives with you, you have a right to remain in the property.
- If you own a property or have a tenancy (in your name or with another person) you have a right to live in the property
- If you do not own the property or have a tenancy but live with your spouse or civil partner who does, you are legally entitled to live in the home. They cannot legally evict you without obtaining a court order
- If you are not living in your home currently, you can apply for a court order to gain entry to live there
If you are a council tenant or are fleeing violence from a council tenant who you have been living with please contact your estate manager or managing agent.
You may be eligible for an urgent move to another property if you are being abused and it is not safe for you to remain at your current address. The council will take steps to evict the abuser from the original property.
If you are a housing association tenant, you may want to contact your housing association to find out if you can get a transfer.
It may be unsafe for you to remain in your home. Or you might need somewhere to stay while you get assistance to return to your home in safety or find somewhere else to live.
If you need to leave your home, you may want to consider:
- Staying temporarily with relatives or friends
- Finding a women's refuge. Refuges are safe houses where women and children can stay safe from violence. Call the National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247
- Making a homelessness application.
To make a homelessness application to Wandsworth Council:
- Complete the Housing Options and Enquiries form
- Contact Housing Options and Assessment team on 020 8871 6161 (Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5:30pm) or
- Emergency social services on 020 8871 6000 (out of hours)