Abuse knows no boundaries

We’ve had great success with one of our service users over the last week. The gentleman in question is our first male service user in our Satellite Accommodation for victims of Domestic Abuse. As well as our Housing Services providing accommodation, the Domestic Abuse Outreach Support (DAOS) team worked alongside Housing to provide Domestic Abuse (DA) support.

S came to ACT through self-referral to the DA team following advice from the police after his partner was arrested for assault in July 2019. He was in a highly controlling relationship with elements of physical and financial abuse. He had very little control over any aspects of his life, with the perpetrator completely controlling all the household finances, withholding food, and physically assaulting him. As a direct result of the abuse he suffered, S lost a significant amount of weight, developed depression, became isolated from friends, and had to leave his family home where his children remained.

S was then offered a property with ACT’s Satellite Domestic Abuse Accommodation service in October 2019 and since then, Housing Services and DAOS have worked collaboratively to address issues around debt, supporting him at solicitors appointments and court hearings, engaging with health professionals and overcoming barriers to achieving independent long-term accommodation.

Recently, one of the team supported S to a viewing of a property with Flagship Housing and he received a verbal offer of accommodation for a two-bedroomed flat which should be available within the next week. This means he will finally be able to have his children come to stay with him.

He represents the first ever male victim accommodated by ACT’s Satellite DA service and his case highlights just how important it is that Domestic Abuse services are available to all victims, regardless of gender. Thank you to both Megan (Housing), and Del (DAOS), for this great piece of work.