Sarah Graham

Originally published at Islington Now, with additional reporting by Jess Denham.

Victims of domestic violence are waiting more than a year for rehousing, according to figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.

The waiting time for rehousing of domestic abuse victims more than doubled last year, averaging 13 months, compared with waits of five months for those rehoused in 2011.

“Women and children who experience domestic violence are caught in a terrible dilemma – stay and live with the threats, fear and abuse, or leave and join the queue of homeless families,” said Mary Mason, CEO of Solace Women’s Aid, whose Islington branch works with 1,000 women and children a year.

“There needs to be a London-wide agreement that families fleeing domestic violence are given priority to ensure they are able to move into independence and healthy living as swiftly as possible,” she added.

In 2008, victims…

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