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Sanctuary Schemes: a quick guide
What is the Sanctuary Scheme?
The Sanctuary Scheme allows victims to remain in the familiar environment of their home whilst they are experiencing the problems that arise as a result of domestic violence.
What does it provide?
It provides professionally installed security measures to the house of the person suffering domestic violence. A crime prevention officer of the local police usually undertakes an assessment of the property and they recommend works that need to be undertaken to create a safe room inside the house. This safe room within the property provides security in the event of a threat of violence until support arrives and is equipped with a phone and sometimes as emergency activated alarm to call for help.
Who is it for?
It works for victims who wish to stay in their own home, where it is their choice, where it is safe to do so and where the perpetrator no longer lives within the accommodation.
However, Sanctuary Schemes must work as a part of a package of protection and support services, to ensure that the victim/ survivor is not only safe inside the home, but also when out and about outside the home.
Who is not for?
For some people, this scheme will not be appropriate, and it will be safer for them to move into temporary accommodation or refuges and then be re-housed away from their home area.
In all cases, it is vital that there is clear and ongoing risk assessment and that safety is paramount.
Who runs the schemes?
Most schemes are operated by the local council and police in partnership with domestic violence forums and the voluntary sector.
The primary aim of a ‘Sanctuary Scheme’ is to increase the housing options available to victims of domestic violence. This prevents homelessness and also upheaval and disruption to family life caused by moving into temporary accommodation or a refuge away from family or support networks.
For more information contact the helpline or your local authority.