HISDA user consultation

Closed 5 Jan 2020

Opened 12 Dec 2019


This survey has been put together by the Housing Independence Service, and is being used to find out more about the experiences and ideas of people who are in, or have been in, a women's refuge as a result of domestic abuse.

Domestic abuse is any abuse that takes place in a family to personal relationship where one person bullies or abuses another. This can include, but is not limited to:

  • Physical abuse (violent behaviour)
  • Verbal abuse (threats, constant criticism)
  • Sexual abuse (non-consensual sex, activity which makes you uncomfortable)
  • Financial abuse (not allowing you access to your own money, running up debts in your name)
  • Forced marriage and honour-based violence (making you marry against your will, abusive behaviour to protect the family's reputation)
  • Stalking or harassment (obsessive jealousy, constant following or checking up on your whereabouts)
  • Isolation (stopping you seeing your family and friends)
  • Denial (claiming the abuse doesn't happen, claiming the victim causes it)

There are a number of services in Sheffield which aim to support and assist victims and survivors of domestic abuse, including accommodation based support such as the SWA refuge. This survey is trying to find out what life in the refuge is like for people living there, and how refuges can better support people who have experienced domestic abuse.

As a person who has been in, or is currently in, the SWA refuge we greatly value your input - your answers will have a direct impact on how domestic abuse support services in Sheffield are provided in the future.

All responses to this survey will remain completely confidential.


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