Exploring the experiences of domestic abuse survivors

Date and time
Wednesday 5 June 2024 - 4pm - 5pm BST
Room: Virtual Event
Exploring the experiences of domestic abuse survivors information
Entry fee: Free

ONS qualitative research: Exploring the experiences of women who have survived domestic abuse with current or previous experience of temporary safe accommodation in England. A connect centre webinar

Existing ONS data on domestic abuse largely reflects the experiences of survivors within household settings. While there are some data available on the experiences of survivors in temporary accommodation, including data on victim services, there are gaps relating to the breadth and depth of survivors' experiences within these settings. 

Qualitative research conducted by the ONS’ Centre for Equalities between January and March 2023 explored the experiences of 40 women who have survived domestic abuse with current or previous experience of temporary safe accommodation in England. 

This research explores the experience of women from a range of characteristics and circumstance, looking at their journey to and through a range of accommodation types.

Experiences varied among participants with some survivors experiencing more complex, non-linear pathways involving different forms of provision and multiple moves from one accommodation to another.

Women told us about the challenges they face, including a lack of accommodation and complex processes, as well as things which work well for them, including empathic, timely support and flexibility for individual needs and circumstances.

Women shared their recommendations and hopes for the future, including a call for greater support, particularly around mental health, and more accommodation options and availability.

Siannan and Alex are senior social researchers working in the qualitative team of the Office for National Statistics’ Centre for Equalities and Inclusion. The Centre is a multi-disciplinary team whose aim is to ensure that data and evidence are available to explore how protected characteristic groups and others at risk of disadvantage are affected by current social and policy issues and how multiple characteristics come together to shape people's experiences.

Following on from the recommendations from the Inclusive Data Taskforce in 2021, the qualitative team focuses on providing evidence and insight to better understand the lived experiences of different statistically underrepresented groups, whose views are less likely to be included through traditional data collection methods. 

Please email connectcentre@uclan.ac.uk to reserve a place.