Dear Oxford City Council,

I am requesting information relating to the support of LGBTQ individuals experiencing domestic violence. At the current time, are there any shelters, or subsections of general refuge shelters, based in Oxford or Oxfordshire and intended specifically for the housing of LGBTQ individuals who have left their residences as a result of domestic violence? Also, do any counselling or support services/programs exist specifically within Oxford or Oxfordshire for LGBTQ people experiencing domestic violence? If such shelters, subsections of shelters or services exist, please can you provide information on how many people have made use of these facilities in the past 5 years, from 2016-2020?

Yours faithfully,

I. Malpas

freedomofinformation, Oxford City Council

Dear I Malpas,
 
Oxford City Council – Reference: 9052
 
Thank you for your email below.  Your request was received on 19th
February 2020 and you will be sent a response within 20 working days (of
receipt) in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000/
Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR), subject to the
information not being exempt or containing reference to a third party.
 
Yours sincerely
 
 
Kathryn Winfield
Freedom of Information Officer 
 
Kathryn Winfield | Freedom of Information Officer | Oxford City Council |
Law and Governance |
St. Aldate's Chambers | Oxford | OX1 1DS | Email: [email address]
| T: 01865 252007
My working days are Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays
 
 
 

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freedomofinformation, Oxford City Council

Dear I Malpas,
 
Oxford City Council – Reference: 9052
 
Further to the acknowledgement below, I can respond to your Freedom of
Information Act 2000 request received on 19^th  February  2020 as follows:
 
I am requesting information relating to the support of LGBTQ individuals
experiencing domestic violence. At the current time, are there any
shelters, or subsections of general refuge shelters, based in Oxford or
Oxfordshire and intended specifically for the housing of LGBTQ individuals
who have left their residences as a result of domestic violence?
 
There are no specific refuges in Oxford/Oxfordshire for the LGBTQ+
community, although females regardless of sexuality are able to access the
general needs refuges.  We are currently developing 'places of safety' in
Oxfordshire for victims of domestic abuse who may not be able to access
general refuges; this will include males from LGBTQ+ community.
 
From June 2018 we co-commission Oxfordshire Domestic Abuse Service with
The County, Cherwell, South & Vale, West and the OPCC.  They provide
helpline, refuge provision, outreach provision, complex needs group, BAMER
workers and risk management within the Police DAIU and are developing the
'places of safety' model.  Reducing the Risk provides support for high
risk victims but they are not commissioned by us.   Prior to that date we
commissioned the Oxford City Domestic Abuse Outreach Worker only and they
were hosted by Oxfordshire Domestic Abuse Service.
 
This year we have contributed to the County services through a
commissioning grant of £35,000.
 
Also, do any counselling or support services/programs exist specifically
within Oxford or Oxfordshire for LGBTQ people experiencing domestic
violence?
The specialist Domestic Abuse Services in Oxfordshire (Oxfordshire
Domestic Abuse Service & Reducing the Risk) provide support for all
victims including ones from the LGBTQ+ community. 
 
If such shelters, subsections of shelters or services exist, please can
you provide information on how many people have made use of these
facilities in the past 5 years, from 2016-2020?
We are unable to give numbers of clients as we do not run the specialist
services.
 
If you disagree with any part of the response to your request, you are
entitled to ask the Council for an internal review of the decision(s)
made.  You may do this by writing to the Monitoring Officer, by either
email – [1][email address] – or by post to Monitoring Officer,
Oxford City Council, St Aldate’s Chambers, St Aldate’s, Oxford, OX1 1DS. 
After the result of the internal review, if you remain dissatisfied, you
may ask the Information Commissioner to intervene on your behalf.  You may
do this by writing to the Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe
Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.
 
Yours sincerely
 
Kathryn Winfield
Freedom of Information Officer 
 
Kathryn Winfield | Freedom of Information Officer | Oxford City Council |
Law and Governance |
St. Aldate's Chambers | Oxford | OX1 1DS | Email:
[2][email address] | T: 01865 252007
My working days are Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays
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