Domestic abuse and accommodation consultation

Closed 31 May 2021

Opened 4 May 2021


Why are we consulting about domestic abuse?

We are seeking your views and experiences of domestic abuse services and accommodation to help inform changes that will be introduced by the forthcoming Domestic Abuse Bill.

This means we need to ensure there is sufficient provision of domestic abuse specialist support, especially in provided accommodation, for all people who are experiencing domestic abuse. This includes male victims and people who are LGBTQ+ as well as women. If you need to flee your home, or need support to stay safe in your home, due to domestic abuse then there are a range of options available. This includes


  • Refuge accommodation (a safe house or larger scheme housing and providing support for multiple people experiencing domestic abuse)
  • Emergency accommodation (such as temporary accommodation, Bed & Breakfast, emergency short term placements in safe accommodation or refuges)
  • Safe accommodation like an individual flat / house which has additional security measures and you have a specialist domestic abuse support worker who visits you
  • Having security measures put into your home

Throughout the questionnaire there will be opportunities to answer questions relevant to your own particular situation and the types of support you received while living in your own home or in a new accommodation e.g. refuge, Safe Zones property or other accommodation following fleeing domestic abuse. 

Most questions are for people who have personal experience of abuse, but a few questions can be answered by family and friends of those affected by domestic abuse and by professionals.

We appreciate everyone’s individual situation is different, so for some this will be a quick process, for others it may take a bit longer. You may feel like there are a few questions you may not want to answer. This is fine just skip that question and move on to the next one.


Definition of domestic abuse?

Domestic abuse is

  • when you are in or you have been in a relationship with a person, or a relative is causing you harm or making you feel scared.
  • Forms of abuse used may include physical and sexual violence, stalking and harassment, emotional abuse, mental and psychological abuse coercive and controlling behaviour, economic abuse, forced marriage and honour-based abuse.

The full definition of domestic abuse can be found here

Other uses for the consultation

The Domestic Bill also requires local authorities to write a domestic abuse strategy. Our current strategy will can be found here.

Your responses will help inform a revised domestic and sexual abuse strategy for Sheffield.


  • All Areas


  • Anyone from any background


  • Targeted