Lavane was married in an abusive relationship for ten years. The last time the domestic violence was so bad Lavane was hospitalized. Upon release, Lavane went home, grabbed her dog, and has been homeless sleeping rough in Central London ever since.
Please know that Lavane is safe from her partner. As a rule, we never post interviews with domestic violence victims unless the person is safe. Sadly, although Lavane is not at risk of further abuse from her partner, she is still sleeping rough. Rough sleepers face all kinds of danger every day, and it’s especially hard for elderly and women sleeping rough.
Lavane’s dog is her life. Lavane says she would never be able to survive homelessness if it wasn’t for her dog. Sadly, the London hostels (UK term for homeless shelters) that allow pets are all full. Like many homeless people, Lavane would rather sleep outside than separate from her dog.
While recording this interview, a woman came up to Lavane, scolding her for having a dog outside. The woman was obviously more concerned about the animal’s wellbeing than Lavane being homeless. I love animals and currently take care of my mother’s dog, but I don’t think I will ever understand how some people care more for pets than humans. And if you’re one of the people who care more for a dog than a homeless person, then let’s get both inside. Housing ends homelessness for both people and their pets.
Lavane survives by food and soup runs in Central London and begging for money. She says some regulars come and bring her blankets and dog food. There’s lots of controversy over public feedings. Many homeless service providers are against homeless people getting food and sleeping bags, saying the charity enables them to be homeless, but the real truth is people need to survive. Since there are not enough shelter beds, housing, or support services, we cannot just leave people to die outside.