Advice for vulnerable groups

Domestic abuse

Recognise domestic abuse

Does your partner, ex-partner or someone you live with:

  • cut you off from family and friends and intentionally isolate you?
  • bully, threaten, or control you?
  • take control of your finances?
  • monitor or limit your use of technology?
  • physically and/or sexually abuse you?

Domestic abuse is not always physical violence. It can also include:

  • coercive control and ‘gaslighting’
  • economic abuse
  • online abuse
  • threats and intimidation
  • emotional abuse
  • sexual abuse

Anyone can be a victim of domestic abuse, regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, religion, socio-economic status, sexuality or background.

If you believe that you are a victim of domestic abuse, there are signs that you can look out for including:

  • being withdrawn, or being isolated from your family and friends
  • having bruises, burns or bite marks on you
  • having your finances controlled, or not being given enough to buy food, medication or pay bills
  • not being allowed to leave your house, or stopped from going to college or work
  • having your internet or social media use monitored, or someone else reading your texts, emails or letters
  • being repeatedly belittled, put down or told you are worthless
  • being pressured into sex or sexual contact
  • being told that abuse is your fault, or that you’re overreacting

If you are experiencing any of these things you should seek help and support.

Please see our website where there is a list of organisations who can help.

These include local and National Refuge services that can provide a place of safety for you and your family if you feel it is not safe for you remain at home and have nowhere else to go. The Refuge staff will support and help you make a decision about your next steps.

There is a refuge and support service in Lichfield called Pathways Project

Support and advocacy is available through New Era

Target Hardening Scheme

We have a Target Hardening Scheme which enables security measures to be installed to make it safer for you to remain should you not want to leave your home.

It is administered by our Tenancy Sustainment Officer. If you wish to enquire about qualification for this scheme please contact our Housing Options Team at

Domestic Abuse and Homelessness

An applicant is homeless if it is not reasonable for them to continue to occupy accommodation because it is probable that this will lead to domestic abuse or other violence directed against:

  • the applicant
  • someone who lives with or is reasonably expected to live with them

This means a person at risk of violence or domestic abuse is automatically homeless, regardless of availability and legal rights to occupy accommodation.

A person whose accommodation is unreasonable to occupy because of violence or domestic abuse cannot be found intentionally homeless from that accommodation.

A person who is homeless as a result of domestic abuse is automatically in priority need.

Our homelessness service

More resources

Government guidance

National Homeless Advice Service