Safe at last

As part of our 16 days of action against gender-based violence, we will be including real-life examples of how we support residents enduring domestic abuse.

Ms F*, a Wandle resident fled her home in March 2022 due to the abuse she was facing from her ex-partner and father of her two children.

It later transpired that her ex-partner had a history of using violence in previous relationships but Ms F* was unaware of this at the time.

Frustratingly, she was denied access by the Police to necessary information about her ex-partner’s past under ‘Claire’s Law’ that could have helped keep her family safe.

Earlier this year, her ex-partner turned up at her home unexpectedly, shouting abuse and making violent threats. Understandably, she was terrified and ran away to safety.

She approached her local authority in Bromely for housing assistance because she wanted to move to a new home away from her ex-partner. In order to do this, our neighbourhood customer services officer carried out a risk assessment which yielded a low score. However, she was offered temporary accommodation that was later made permanent.

The forced move has been stressful and unsettling for both mother and children, but they are slowly starting to feel comfortable in their new home and settling in nicely at their new school.

We don’t tolerate domestic abuse in any form, and there is more information about how we can support you on the domestic abuse page on our website.