About Alex Dhlakama

Alex is Z2K's Tenancy Support Officer working on our Private Rented Sector Access Scheme

Housing services fail to recognise the needs of male Domestic Violence victims

Photo by David Graham Scott

Domestic violence is an issue that can affect both men and women in various ways and to various degrees. Provision of services for victims of domestic violence are woefully inadequate across the board, and there are particular problems when it comes to making homelessness applications. For example a Z2K client who had spent six months in a refuge after leaving an abusive partner was told by her local authority to return to the property registered in his name when she tried to make a homelessness application. But there is also a particular problem when it comes to male domestic violence victims. Continue reading

Housing survivors of torture: is enough being done?

imagesHailu is a refugee who experienced horrible treatment at the hands of authorities in his country before coming to the UK. He now suffers from significant mental health problems including PTSD and depression. Hailu hears voices and is unable to concentrate for long periods of time. His English language skills are very low, hardly enough to get by. Hailu was in the NASS support system (National Asylum Support Services) and was moved about a few times. As a result he did not manage to stay long enough in one borough to get a local connection for the purposes of housing. Continue reading