The Sanctuary scheme involves a process known as target hardening and aims to reduce homelessness by enabling victims (where safe and appropriative) to stay in their own home. Many victims do not want to flee their homes or the area where they live as their support networks are there and their children are settled. The scheme aims to improve security by replacing locks, installing window locks and alarms and putting in measures to reduce the risk of fires.
There is national guidance to local authorities on what they should include in a target hardening policy: Practice Guide for Agencies Developing and Delivering Sanctuary Schemes
The scheme works slightly differently in each area and may involve resources from district councils. This service is not restricted to those in rented or local authority housing but can also be accessed if the victim owns their own home.
For more information and to access this service please contact the Oxfordshire Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0800 731 0055.
For more information and to access this service please contact the Buckinghamshire Sanctuary Scheme on 01628 526 367.
(See also poster for the scheme)