Becoming a victim of crime can occasionally you and your family homeless, especially if the incident has taken place within a domestic setting. The safety of you and your children is the most important priority, particularly if you are living within a violent situation. If you are worried for your safety at home, it is vital you seek advice. There are numerous organisations whose aim is to safeguard and protect people, with many focusing on victims of domestic abuse.
What is a refuge?
A refuge is a type of safe house which provides temporary accommodation for victims of domestic violence, mostly women and their children. Different refuges cater for different needs; for instance, some are specifically for women from a particular ethnic background. The duration of a stay in a refuge depends on the circumstances of the individual – it could be days or several months. If a more permanent residence is required, the refuge can assist the process and you are entitled to stay there until a permanent solution is found.
How do I access refuge accommodation?
The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 provides powers for the Police and Crime Commissioner to award grants to any organisation or body he considers will support the community safety priorities within his police and crime plan, such as tackling drugs and crime, reducing re-offending and providing support for victims and witnesses.
As from the 1st of April 2016 Action Housing will be the commissioned help line provider of services to anyone experiencing domestic violence in the county. Through Action Housing you can access a whole range of support services provided by a number of different local organisations. These organisation offer a personalised support service, which can help with safety plans, the court process, refuges, counselling, IDVAs. For more information please see the contact details below.
The following organisations can also provide help and support in finding shelter or accomodation: