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Getting support to remain safe in your own home

What is the scheme for?

The Sanctuary Scheme aims to support victims/survivors of domestic abuse and their children to remain in their own homes where it is safe to do so by installing safety equipment into the home.

How does the scheme work?

  • Once the risk is identified, a referral is sent by a professional such as the police or Harbour Support Services to the Crime Prevention Office. 
  • A Crime Prevention Officer will visit the property to assess what safety equipment will best support the victims/survivor and their children to remain safely in the home. 
  • The Council arranges for the safety equipment to be installed into the property by the Council’s Building Services who will support residents of the property to understand how the equipment works and how it will be of benefit.

Who can access the scheme?

The scheme is available to anyone in Darlington at risk of domestic abuse by a perpetrator that does not reside within the home.

How can the scheme be accessed?

  • Report the abuse to police and contact Darlington’s support services Any professional can make a referral into the scheme so either the police or support services can do this for you. 
  • If you are already getting support from a professional, the person you are working with will be able to make a referral for you.  It is always advisable that the police are aware of the abuse.
  • If the person you are working with is not aware of the scheme, you can direct them to this page.
  • Professionals can email to request copies of the referral request form.

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