Housing Rights of Deaf and Disabled Victims of Hate Crime and Other Abuse

London DDPO Hate Crime Partnership – Training Course 2

Please note earlier start at 10.45am

Trainer: Ruth Bashall, Stay Safe East

Speaker: Diane Astin, Solicitor DPG LAW

Why we are running this training

Housing is a major barrier for Deaf and disabled victims of hate crime and other abuse. At a time when London’s social housing is in crisis, knowing the law is key to advocates getting the best for their clients, as is understanding how to put forward arguments for safety measures, emergency rehousing, transfers and permanent re-housing.
The training aims to equip advocates with the tools to support their clients over housing, and to provide a forum for learning and discussion. The speaker Diane Astin is a lawyer with in depth knowledge of the law and housing in relation to disabled people; she is the author of the Housing Law Handbook.

Who is the training for?

This is part of the work of the London DDPO Hate Crime Partnership so will focus first on Deaf and disabled victims of hate crime but we will cover wider housing issues. The training is open to Hate Crime or general advocates in DDPOs and other organisations working with disabled victims of hate crime, harassment or any other form of abuse. Other staff, volunteers and Board members of DDPOs interested in hate crime and/or housing rights are also welcome.

The training will look at:

  • Housing rights of Deaf and disabled victims of hate and other crimes  including the Homelessness Reduction Act
  • Access to legal aid for housing cases
  • Duties of Housing Providers to keep their residents safe
  • A place of safety: Safety measures, Emergency/Temporary Accommodation and other options; issues for people not in social housing
  • Re-housing: what is ‘appropriate’ accommodation?
  • Putting together a case for housing


10.30  Registration and coffee
10.45 Introductions and ground rules, aims of the day
11.00 Presentation by Diane Astin: housing legal rights and duties of housing providers towards victims of hate crime; rights to Legal Aid
11.30 Questions
12.00 Comfort break
12.10 Case studies: getting action to increase safety
13.00 Lunch
13.45 Discussion and presentation: actions to increase safety
14.15 Putting forward a case for re-housing: exercise and presentation
15. 15 Coffee break
15. 25 Options for advocates if the case gets ’stuck’
15. 50 Questions
16.05 Evaluation and future events
16.15 Close


If you require British Sign Language interpreters or have other access or communication requirements, please let us know asap!


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