Sanctuary Scheme for domestic abuse victims
Domestic abuse has been identified as a major contributor to homelessness. In many cases a hasty decision is taken to ‘flee’ a home because the victim has lost confidence in the physical security it currently offers them.
The Sanctuary Scheme has been developed to assist victims of domestic abuse by offering, wherever practicable, security improvements to allow them to remain in their own home. A Housing Officer is available to ‘risk assess’ a victims home and arrange alterations or additions to the physical security of the property. This may include providing the victims home with additional security measures such as:
- Window locks
- Front and back door locks
- Fire safety equipment
A referral can be made for consideration from victims living in any category of housing, including private ownership, private rental or social housing. In most cases referrals are made by ‘partner’ agencies of Lincoln Integrated Domestic Abuse Services and Lincolnshire Police.
Domestic abuse is a crime. If you are a victim of domestic abuse you should contact the police and/or Lincoln Integrated Domestic Abuse Services who will be able to help you.
For more information please contact the Home Security and Neighbourhood Officer on 01522 560913.
All homelessness prevention measures are subject to availability and suitability for each applicant. Further advice regarding homelessness is available from local solicitors, the Citizens Advice Bureau and Shelter.