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 and fire officer usually undertake an assessment of the property and they recommend works that need to be undertaken to create security measures to enable the survivor to feel safe inside the house.
Who is it for?
It works for survivors 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, Santuary Schemes must work as 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 it not for?
For some people, the 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.