Sanctuary Schemes

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What is a Sanctuary Scheme?

The Sanctuary Scheme is a victim-centred service that consists of the installation of security measures, in and around properties to enable households at risk of domestic abuse to live safely in the property if they choose to do so.

Many victims of domestic abuse are reluctant to move home and away from the area where they have networks of support. To move often means that their children have to change schools and leave their friends.  Sanctuary schemes aim to make it possible for victims to remain in their own home and feel safe.

Who is eligible for the Sanctuary Scheme?

Some local Council’s may have a scheme already in place while others are still developing them.  They are available to anyone who is at risk of homelessness, or having to leave their home, due to domestic abuse from an abuser no longer living at that home.

How can I find out more?

If you are interested in the Sanctuary scheme, you will need to contact your local Council Housing Department to discuss your housing options; even if your local Council does not offer a Sanctuary Scheme in your area at the moment they will still be able to give you advice.